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,
     guardian 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 live without end. Amen!

                                           Pope Benedict


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