St Leonard's, East Kilbride
a parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell
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 treasures 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 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
- Pope Benedict XVI