(for praying alone or with others)
Preparation: Set the table with pictures of family fathers, grandfathers (or those who have been like fathers to the family) at each place with the man’s name attached.
1 John 3:1-3
“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”
LITANY OF BLESSING
Heavenly Father, we thank you for your love and guidance. We are thankful, too, for our earthly fathers. What love they have shown us has its source in you. Bless those who long to be fathers and those who hunger for a father’s love. Amen.
Please take the card at your place and read aloud the name on the picture. After each name, say along with me: “Bless him with wisdom, courage, strength and love.”
After all the names have been read, say together the Our Father or a meal blessing.