Novena to the Heavenly Father for our Earthly Fathers

Begins on Saturday June 9th, 2018, and ends on Father's Day Sunday June 17th, 2018.

St Paul wrote to the early Christians: "For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;

He continued that prayer, "that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."(Ephesians 3:14 - 19)Our Novena prayers will end on Father's Day, the day set aside to honor our fathers and show them our deep appreciation for their sacrificial love.

For Nine Days, we will turn to the Heavenly Father, in, through and with His Son and Our Savior Jesus, and ask Him to fill all earthly Fathers with heavenly wisdom, authority, and grace. We will ask the Heavenly Father to empower and baptize earthly fathers with the Holy Spirit. So that they can live out their vital vocation in an age which has all but forgotten or even rejected fatherhood.

That they might become a sign of His Love for all men and women and help to lead the world back to the Father, in the Son and through the Holy Spirit.

May the Blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit come upon you. Amen

 

Day 1 Novena Reflection

Those profound words were written to the Christians in Ephesus - and to us. The Greek word for Father and family are connected.

Fathers are the foundation of families, they give them identity and meaning in both life and in death.

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 Stepfathers
For all Spiritual fathers
Watch over them all, 
give them the grace they need to be faithful to their vocation.

Now Dear Father, I specifically bring to you now my own personal intention:

PAUSE FOR YOUR PRAYER INTENTION

And as the Family of God, let us join together in the words our Savior taught to 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
For Yours is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory, now and forever, Amen

Final Blessing:
May the Blessing of Almighty God, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit 
come upon you and remain with you forever
AMEN

 

Day 2 Novena Reflection

On Father's Day weekend, we should stop the frenetic pace of life to honor and remember our earthly fathers,

We have an opportunity to reflect on what really matters most in our lives.

The ones who have "named" us, our fathers, have helped to give us our identity. They are a gift to be received from the very hand of God the Father.

We should thank them if they are still with us, and shower them with affection.

If not, we should still thank them, honor them, remember them - and continue to learn all we can from the example of their lives as we seek to live our own in love.

Now Dear Father, I specifically bring to you now my own personal intention:

PAUSE FOR YOUR PRAYER INTENTION

And as the Family of God, let us join together in the words our Savior taught to us

Say the 'Our Father'.

Final Blessing:
May the Blessing of Almighty God, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit 
come upon you and remain with you forever
AMEN

 

Day 3 Novena Reflection

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.

Now Dear Father, I specifically bring to you now my own personal intention:

PAUSE FOR YOUR PRAYER INTENTION

And as the Family of God, let us join together in the words our Savior taught to us

Say the 'Our Father'.

Final Blessing:
May the Blessing of Almighty God, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit 
come upon you and remain with you forever
AMEN

 

Day 4 Novena Reflection

Our Savior Jesus taught us that "whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother."

Now Dear Father, I specifically bring to you now my own personal intention:

PAUSE FOR YOUR PRAYER INTENTION

And as the Family of God, let us join together in the words our Savior taught to us

Say the 'Our Father'.

Final Blessing:
May the Blessing of Almighty God, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit 
come upon you and remain with you forever
AMEN

 

Day 5 Novena Reflection

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.

Now Dear Father, I specifically bring to you now my own personal intention:

PAUSE FOR YOUR PRAYER INTENTION

And as the Family of God, let us join together in the words our Savior taught to us

Say the 'Our Father'.
 

Final Blessing:
May the Blessing of Almighty God, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit 
come upon you and remain with you forever
AMEN

 

Day 6 Novena Reflection

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:

PAUSE FOR YOUR PRAYER INTENTION

And as the Family of God, let us join together in the words our Savior taught to us

Say the 'Our Father'.

Final Blessing:
May the Blessing of Almighty God, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit 
come upon you and remain with you forever
AMEN

 

Day 7 Novena Reflection

Our earthly fathers - and our relationships with them reflect the great meaning they symbolize in the eternal framework.

Now Dear Father, I specifically bring to you now my own personal intention:

PAUSE FOR YOUR PRAYER INTENTION

And as the Family of God, let us join together in the words our Savior taught to us

Say the 'Our Father'.

Final Blessing:
May the Blessing of Almighty God, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit 
come upon you and remain with you forever
AMEN

 

Day 8 Novena Reflection

If you still have your father with you, love him openly and affectionately and let him know how important he is to you.

Together, let us celebrate the Gift of Fatherhood

Let us kneel with the Apostle Paul before the Father from whom every family in Heaven and on Earth is named in deep gratitude for the very gift of Fatherhood.

On Father's Day. Remember, no-one Can Change the Truth About Marriage, Fathers and Mothers, and family.

Now Dear Father, I specifically bring to you now my own personal intention:

PAUSE FOR YOUR PRAYER INTENTION

And as the Family of God, let us join together in the words our Savior taught to us

Say the 'Our Father'.

Final Blessing:
May the Blessing of Almighty God, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit 
come upon you and remain with you forever
AMEN

 

Day 9 Novena Reflection

Christian fatherhood is a Vocation.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, drawing from the words of Jesus recorded found in Gospel of St Matthew, teaches us that

Jesus revealed that God is Father in an unheard-of sense: he is Father not only in being Creator; he is eternally Father in relation to his only Son, who is eternally Son only in relation to his Father:

"No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."

In his first letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul wrote these words, "I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus, I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore, I urge you, imitate me."

The tradition reflected in this passage is one we still practice today - our tradition of calling our clergy, "father", and of referring to our spiritual teachers as "the Fathers of the Church."

Now Dear Father, I specifically bring to you now my own personal intention:

PAUSE FOR YOUR PRAYER INTENTION

And as the Family of God, let us join together in the words our Savior taught to us

Say the 'Our Father'.

Final Blessing:
May the Blessing of Almighty God, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit 
come upon you and remain with you forever
AMEN