Prayer for a Father as a Parent
A Father's Prayer
Build me a son, O Lord,
who will be strong enough to know when he is weak,
and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid;
one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat,
and humble and gentle in victory.
Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort,
but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge.
Here let him learn to stand up in the storm;
here let him learn compassion for those who fail.
Build me a son whose heart will be clear,
whose goal will be high,
a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other
one who will reach into the future,
yet never forget the past.
And, after all these things are his,
give him, I pray, enough of a sense of humor,
so that he may always be serious,
yet never take himself too seriously.
Give him humility,
so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness,
the open mind of true strength.
Then I, his father, will dare to whisper,
I have not lived in vain.'
St Joseph Parents Prayer
A Parent's Thanksgiving Prayer for a Newborn Child
O Saint Joseph, you witnessed the miracle of birth, seeing the
infant Jesus born of your most holy spouse, the Virgin Mary. With
wonder and awe, you took into your arms the Savior. With gratitude
that only a parent can know, you glorified God for the birth of
his Son, entrusted to your fatherly care.
Like you, St. Joseph, I too give praise and glory to God for
the birth of my child. This child's life is such a miraculous
testimony of God's loving presence. My heart is filled with grateful
joy. Join me dear St. Joseph, in offering thanks to God for the
gift of my child.
What great trust and confidence God placed in you, St. Joseph,
byentrusting his only Son into your fatherly care. This inspires
me to entrust the spiritual care and protection of my newborn
child into your competent and loving hands. Teach, guide, and
support me to fulfill well my awesome vocation to be a worthy
parent to this child. Amen.
St Joseph Parents Prayer
A Parent's Prayer to St. Joseph
O glorious St. Joseph,
to you God committed the care
of His only begotten Son
amid the many dangers of this world.
We come to you
and ask you to take under your special protection
the children God has given us.
Through holy baptism
they became children of God
and members of His holy Church.
We consecrate them to you today,
that through this consecration
they may become your foster children.
guide their steps in life,
form their hearts
after the hearts of Jesus and Mary.
who felt the tribulation and worry of a parent
when the child Jesus was lost,
protect our dear children for time and eternity.
May you be their father and counsellor.
Let them, like Jesus,
grow in age as well as in wisdom and grace
before God and men.
Preserve them from the corruption of his world,
and give us the grace one day to be united
with them in Heaven forever.
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