Catholic Parish of St Mary of the Presentation Mudgee

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A Blessing for Father's Day

by Greg Sunter

God of Kindness and Compassion, we are your children and you are Father to us all.

We give honour and thanks to those who reflect your fatherly example: those who are dads and grandads; step-dads, foster dads, godfathers and fathers-in-law; those who are coaches, leaders and mentors; and those who are elders and wisdom-men of our communities. 

We look to these men for strength of body and strength of character. We look to them to pass on skills and pass on stories. We look to them to protect and provide. We look to them for care and compassion. We look to them to be co-creators and stewards of the world. 

For all those who embrace their role as father, we give thanks. For those who struggle with being fathers, give them strength. For those who are distanced from their children, give them comfort. For those who have passed from this world, give them peace. 

Bless these men that we call father. Bless them in their strength and in their weakness. Bless them in their joy and in their sorrow. Bless them in their work and in their play. And bless them, Father, for being fathers. 

We make this prayer through the one who taught us to call you Our Father: Your Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

Amen.