Day 7 – Novena to the Heavenly Father for our Earthly Fathers HD
Our earthly fathers – and our relationships with them reflect the great meaning they symbolize in the eternal framework.
Our Heavenly Father has given us His very name, His identity. In and through Jesus Christ, His only Son, we have now become “sons (and daughters) in the Son”
– through our Baptism of new birth in water and the Spirit. We are now a part of an eternal family, and as the apostle Paul told the Christians in Rome, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, not even death. (Romans 8:38, 39)
I am always glad when Father’s Day falls on a Sunday; it gives me a special opportunity to pray at Mass for my father and my father in law.
Fathering is a great gift and a great responsibility. I cannot live it in its fullness without grace, the Divine Life of God which is given to us through Jesus Christ and mediated through our life in His church, in Word and Sacrament.
In the Holy Eucharist, we receive the One who is the Source and means of all grace.
Beloved Father, through the life, death and resurrection of your only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ, we have become your adopted sons and daughters.
Through Baptism we are now members of His Body, the Church, which is family.
Our Savior Jesus taught us that “whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
We thank you that promise includes each one of us.
As members of the family of Jesus we now turn to you in prayer, as OUR FATHER, ABBA.
In Luke’s Gospel, we read that Jesus responded to a question posed by His disciples:
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples. He said to them, – When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test. (Luke 11:1-4)
From His response, we learn the prayer we were taught as children, the Our Father. However, Jesus is revealing a framework for our living in a constant communion with the Father.
Christian prayer is living in an ongoing communion with the Father, who communicates Himself to us completely in His Son.
When we live in this communion, life becomes a classroom where we learn the truth about who we are in Jesus.
Through prayer, we receive new glasses through which to see the landscape of life. Darkness is dispelled by the light of the Holy Spirit. We may stumble and even, at times, fall back into living at odds with God’s plan. However, through prayer we find the Way back home to the Father.
Through prayer, we begin to comprehend what it means to be partakers of the divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4)
Our life becomes a participation in the inner life of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Though that participation will only be complete when we are with Him in the fullness of His embrace – in Resurrected Bodies in a New Heaven and a New Earth – it begins even now – through prayer.
Today, we pray Dear Father, Abba,
for all our earthly fathers:
For our Grandfathers
and our Great grandfathers
For Adoptive fathers
For Expectant fathers
For Foster Fathers
For all Spiritual fathers
Watch over them all,
give them the grace they need to be faithful to their vocation.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, equip them to manifest your love to the men and women of this increasingly fatherless age
Men and women who desperately need to find you as their Heavenly Father and take their place in the Family of God, the Church of Your Beloved Son.
Now Dear Father, I specifically bring to you now my own personal intention:
[ADD YOUR SPECIFIC INTENTION HERE]
And as the Family of God, let us join together in the words our Savior taught to us
Who Art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name
Thy Kingdom Come
‘Thy Will be Done
On Earth as it is in heaven
Give us this Day, Our Daily Bread
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
For Yours is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory, now and forever, Amen
May the Blessing of Almighty God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
come upon you and remain with you forever
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our earthly fathers and our relationship with them reflects the great meaning they symbolize in the eternal framework of God's plan our Heavenly Father has given us his very name his identity and in and through Jesus His only Son we have now become sons and daughters in the sight through divine filiation through our baptism of new birth and water and the spirit we're now a part of an eternal family and as the Apostle Paul told the Christians in Rome nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our void not even death I'm always glad when Father's Day falls on a Sunday it gives me a special opportunity to create masks for my father and my father-in-law bothering is a great gift and a great responsibility I cannot live it and its fullness without grace the divine life of God's given to us through Jesus and mediated through our life in His Church the word and sacrament and in the Holy Eucharist we receive the one who is the source and means of all Grace and he makes it possible for us to live our vocation let us pray beloved father through the life death and resurrection of your only begotten Son Jesus the Christ we have become your adopted sons and daughters through baptism we are now members of his body the church which is family our Savior Jesus taught us that whoever does the will of my father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother and we thank you Father that promise includes each one of us as members of the family of Jesus we now turn to you in prayer as our father Abba in Luke's Gospel we read that Jesus responded to a request from his disciple he was praying in a certain place and when he had finished one of his disciples said to him Lord teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples and he said to them when you pray say father hallowed be your name your kingdom come give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us and do not subject us the final test from that response we learn the prayer we were taught as children the Our Father but jesus was revealing a framework for us how we can live in constant communion with You Father Christian prayer is to live in that community you communicate yourself to us in and through your son and when we live in that community our life becomes a classroom we learn the truth about who we are becoming in Jesus through prayer we receive new glasses through which to see the landscape of life differently darkness is dispelled by the light of the Holy Spirit but we may stumble and even at times fall back moving at odds with you and your loving plan but through prayer we always find the way home back to you Father through prayer we begin to comprehend what it really means to partake on the divine nature and our life becomes a participation in your inner life Father Son and Holy Spirit and through that participation we grow in the image and likeness of Jesus until we are in your full embrace and resurrected bodies in a new earth a new heaven but it all begins now and prayer and so today dear father Abba we pray for our earthly fathers and for our grandfathers for our great-grandfather's for adopted father's or expectant fathers for foster fathers or stepfathers for all of our spiritual fathers watch over them all give them the grace they need to be faithful to their call and vocation and by the power of the Holy Spirit equip them to manifest your love to the many women of this increasingly fatherless age men and women who desperately need to find you as their heavenly Father and take their place and the family of God the Church of your beloved son now dear father I specifically bring to you now my own personal intention and here add your specific intention for the father and as the family of God let us join together in the words our Savior taught us our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil but yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory now and forever amen and may the blessing of Almighty God who is Father Son and Holy Spirit come upon you and remain with you forever amen