Pope Francis has instituted a new world-wide celebration that will take place on the fourth Sunday in July each year, close to the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.
Today, July 25th, we celebrate the 1st World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. May we pray in a special way for our Grandparents and those advanced in age in our community. May we always be grateful for the gift of faith that they have passed on to future generations, as well as value their wisdom and experience.
Pope Francis wrote “old age is a gift and grandpa-rents are the link between the different generations, to pass on to the young the experience of life.”
Today, let us find a way to celebrate that gift by calling, visiting, praying for, or reaching out in some way to someone in our family or community who is a grandparent or elderly.
Saints Joachim and Anne, grandparents of Jesus, pray for us!
Prayer for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
I thank You, Lord,
for the comfort of Your presence:
even in times of loneliness,
You are my hope and my confidence,
You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth!
I thank You for having given me a
family and for having blessed me with a long life.
I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty, for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for those that are still ahead of me.
I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me.
Increase, O Lord, my faith,
make me a channel of your peace,
teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me,
to never stop dreaming and to tell of your wonders to new generations.
Protect and guide Pope Francis and the Church,
that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth.
Send Your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world,
that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed,
the poor consoled and wars ended.
Sustain me in weakness and help me to live life to the full
in each moment that You give me, in the certainty that you are with me every day, even until the end of the age.