a litany for father’s day

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God of love,
Today we ask your blessing on all who give their lives with a father’s love.

Bless new fathers and wise grandfathers.
Bless loving uncles and caring godfathers.

Bless fathers who await the birth of their child with joy.
Bless men who did not expect or want to become fathers.

Bless men who embrace fatherhood through adoption or foster parenting,
remarriage or single parenthood.
Bless men still waiting and hoping to become fathers.

Bless fathers whose work takes them away from their children.
Bless fathers whose work is with their children.

Bless fathers whose lives are shaped by war, poverty, or violence.
Bless fathers who work for peace, freedom, and justice.

Bless teachers and mentors who serve as father figures.
Bless priests and ministers who lead as loving parents.

Bless men who are separated from their children, by force or choice.
Bless families without fathers and all who love in abundance in their absence.

Bless fathers who have lost a child.
Bless families who have lost their father.

Bless all whose fathers were loving.
Bless all whose fathers failed to meet their needs for love.

Bless all who celebrate today.
Bless all who struggle today.

In the name of the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – we pray.
Amen.

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For more posts on Father’s Day, check out:

Father’s Day From Far Away

Celebrating Fathering Spirits

Fatherhood: Relation, Obligation, or Vocation? (from the Collegeville Institute)

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