Unveiled at the National Grandparents Pilgrimage, Pope Benedict XVI’s Prayer for Grandparents
This prayer is in honour and gratitude to them for all they have done for us down through the ages particularly in the Transmission of the Faith. We hope it brings you, your family and your friends many graces and blessings.
This Universal Prayer For Grandparents was composed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in 2008
PRAYER FOR GRANDPARENTS
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.
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!
You can find more information about the National Grandparents Pilgrimage on our website