This Sunday, July 24, is the celebration of World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, established by Pope Francis. The theme of this year’s celebration is, “In Old Age They Will Still Bear Fruit.” It emphasizes how grandparents are a gift both to society and the Church.
Below is a prayer issued by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life for Grandparents and the Elderly.
If you would like additional resources about this celebration, they can be reached on the USCCB website at the link below.
Prayer for the Second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
I give thanks to you, Lord,
For the blessing of a long life
For, to those who take refuge in You,
Grant always to bear fruit.
Forgive, O Lord,
Resignation and disillusionment,
But forsake me not
When my strength declines.
Teach me to look with hope
To the future you give me,
To the mission you entrust to me
And to sing your praises without end.
Make me a tender craftsman
Of Your revolution,
To guard with love my grandchildren
And all the little ones who seek shelter in You.
Protect, O Lord, Pope Francis
And grant Thy Church
To deliver the world from loneliness.
Direct our steps in the way of peace.