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World Day For Grandparents and the Elderly

The Church has added the World Day for Grandparents and Elderly beginning this year in 2021 on the fourth Sunday of July, [July 25, 2021] near the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.  Pope Francis has chosen the theme for this first year to be “I am with you always” from the Gospel of Matthew. Click the link below for the pope's message:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFUSwj3fjLA&t=4s

 

PRAYER FOR THE FIRST WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY

 

I thank You, Lord, for the comfort of Your presence: even in times of loneliness, You are my hope and my confidence, You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth! I thank You for having given me a family and for having blessed me with a long life. I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty, for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for those that are still ahead of me. I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me. Increase, O Lord, my faith, make me a channel of your peace, teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me, to never stop dreaming and to tell of your wonders to new generations. Protect and guide Pope Francis and the Church, that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth. Send Your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world, that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed, the poor consoled and wars ended. Sustain me in weakness and help me to live life to the full in each moment that You give me, in the certainty that you are with me every day, even until the end of the age. Amen.