O Lord, we beseech thee, make us have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name, for thou never failest to help and govern those whom thou hast set upon the sure foundation of thy loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayers for Father’s Day
Blessed are you Lord our God, creator and redeemer of all; You father us from all eternity, giving life to creation, and pouring your love into all you have made.
We give thanks for those fathers who strive to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice. And we pray for those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to become good fathers.
We also give thanks for those fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their children’s lives and for those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has offered healing.
And we ask your special blessing on those fathers who have lost a child to death, and who continue to hold those children in their hearts; sustain and heal them in their grief.
We also give thanks for those who have no children, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own. We pray for those who have “fathered” us in their role as mentors and guides.
And we continue to pray for those fathers who have died, but live on in our memories and whose love continues to nurture us.
May the love of our earthly fathers draw us ever nearer to you and perfect in us the image of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.