Feast of the Holy Family prayers… (and a happy new year!)

Our whole parish read these beautiful family prayers at mass today – I thought you would enjoy them too! – Oh and by the way, let me be the first to wish you a happy, healthy and holy 2014!

For Married Couples…

Almighty God, You hold all things together by Your power. Bless our marriage union and our love for each other. Look kindly upon us and keep our lives unselfish. Teach us to bring our problems and plans before You, to offer You our joys and sorrows, and so make full use of the grace You promised us on our Wedding Day. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Parents…

Heavenly Father, You have given us our children and You entrust them to our care. Help us to be good parents knowing when to give and when to withhold; when to reprove and when to forbear. Make us gentle, yet firm, considerate and reliable. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Children…

Dear Jesus, You command that we should honour our mother and our father. Give them health of mind and body, and joy in their hearts. Bless their work and all they do. May we not take for granted the daily tasks they do for us, but help them whenever we can. Make our home happy in Your service. Amen.

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