Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Collect for Father's Day

Here's a Collect I wrote for use on this occasion.

O Lord our God, creator of heaven and earth, through your Son Jesus Christ you have revealed yourself as a heavenly Father to all of your children. Bless, we pray, all earthly fathers. Strengthen them to nurture, protect, and guide the children entrusted to their care. Instill within them the virtues of love and patience. May they be slow to anger and quick to forgive. And through the ministrations of your Holy Spirit, may all fathers be strong and steadfast examples of faithfulness, responsibility, and loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Terry Phillips said...

Dear Canon Owen
Thank you for this Fathers' Day Collect. I used it in a service in Moulton Parish Church(, 19th June 2011, being both Trinity Sunday and,in the UK, Fathers' Day.
Kind regards
Terry Phillips
Lay Reader at above church.

Bryan Owen said...

Thanks, Terry. I'm pleased to know that the prayer was used at a church in the UK!

Richard Tanner said...

Thank you, Canon Owen!! I am incorporating your collect into our liturgy this Sunday at St. Michael the Archangel, Toronto. Cheers, Canon Richard Tanner.

Fr. Bryan Owen said...

You're welcome, Canon Tanner. Blessings!

Sarah@prayer 7s. said...

Thank you for your collect
I am using it on our website
for Father's Day at Vespers
It will be credited to you.
May God bless and keep you.

Fr. Bryan Owen said...

That's great, Sarah. Thank you!