Blessing of Fathers on Father’s Day
(Third Sunday of June)
The observance of Father’s Day has an important place in American life. Since it is celebrated on the third Sunday in June, the Mass of the Sunday is always celebrated. However, in order to provide some recognition of this holiday, model intercessions and a prayer over the people are provided here.
The intercessions are added to those of the day and may be adapted as necessary.
The prayer over the people may replace the solemn blessing of the Easter season.
ORDER OF BLESSING
The following intercessions may be added to those of the day.
For our fathers, who have given us life and love, that we may show them respect and love, we pray to the Lord. R.
For fathers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them, we pray to the Lord. R.
For fathers who have died, that God may bring them into the joy of his kingdom, we pray to the Lord. R.
Prayer Over the People
This prayer over the people may be used at the end of Mass or other liturgical services on Father’s Day.
God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Then he blesses all present. And may almighty God bless you all, the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit. R. Amen.
Prayer Source: Book of Blessings by Prepared by International Commission on English in the LiturgyA Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1989