Feast of St Joachim and St Anne, Grandparents of Jesus

    July 21, 2013 all-day

    The Catholic Grandparents Association  invite everyone to mark in some way July 26th, the Feast of St. Joachim and St. Anne, Grandparents of Jesus, e.g. recite the Pope’s Prayer for Grandparents or have special prayers of the faithful during the mass on that day.

    Lord Jesus,
    you were born of the Virgin Mary,
    the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.
    Look with love on grandparents the world over.
    Protect them! They are a source of enrichment
    for families, for the Church and for all of society.
    Support them! As they grow older,
    may they continue to be for their families
    strong pillars of Gospel faith,
    guardians of noble domestic ideals,
    living treasuries of sound religious traditions.
    Make them teachers of wisdom and courage,
    that they may pass on to future generations the fruits
    of their mature human and spiritual experience.
    Lord Jesus,
    help families and society
    to value the presence and roles of grandparents.
    May they never be ignored or excluded,
    but always encounter respect and love.
    Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed
    in all the years of life which you give them.
    Mary, Mother of all the living,
    keep grandparents constantly in your care,
    accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage,
    and by your prayers, grant that all families
    may one day be reunited in our heavenly homeland,
    where you await all humanity for the great embrace
    of life without end. Amen!

    Benedict XVI