A wise and anonymous author once said “There’s no place like home... except Grandma’s” and they couldn’t have been more correct. This Sunday marks National Grandparents Day in the United States and we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate the national institution that is the Irish Granny and Granddad with some quotes, saying and prayers.
In the US National Grandparents Day is celebrated annually on the first Sunday in September after Labor Day. The day is taken as an opportunity to appreciate and express the love for your grandparents and their memory.
Although you might think this is a holiday made up by Hallmark in an effort to sell more cards the story goes that National Grandparents Day was first back in the 1970s. Although it’s still not recognized as a national holiday over four million Grandparent cards are sent in the US every year.
This Sunday why not take some time to visit with or call your grandparents and if they’re no longer with us pause and read some of these brief sayings and prayers below and remember them.
Happy Grandparents Day!
A Special Kind of Love
There’s a special kind of love that grandchildren have for their grandparents.
It’s filled with respect for their wisdom and accomplishments.
With gratitude for the values they’ve given us, with delight in the stories of our family that they remember and share.
It’s a special kind of love that’s built on a lifetime of caring and giving.
It’s the kind of love that’s felt for you my dear grandparent, today and always.
“The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is that they have a common enemy.”
“A child needs a grandparent, anybody’s grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world.”
- Charles and Ann Morse
Grandparents are a family’s greatest treasure,
The founders of a loving legacy, the greatest storytellers,
The keepers of traditions that linger on in cherished memory.
Grandparents are the family’s strong foundation.
Their very special love sets them apart.
Through happiness and sorrow,
through their special love and caring,
Grandparents keep a family close at heart.
- Author unknown.
“What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies. “
- Rudy Giuliani
Grandparents bestow upon their grandchildren the strength and wisdom that time and experience have given them.
Grandchildren bless their grandparents with a youthful vitality and innocence that help them stay young at heart forever.
Together they create a chain of love linking the past with the future.
The chain may lengthen, but it will never part.
- Author unknown.
“Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends — and hardly ever our own grown children.”
- Ruth Goode
Prayer to Saint Ann and Saint Joachim – Grandparent’s Prayer
Good Saint Ann and Saint Joachim,
parents of Mary and grandparents to Jesus,
be with me and all grandparents
that we may be wise and loving,
may share our time and stories and sense of humor,
and may enjoy and not spoil too much the grandchildren
who are close to our hearts,
for they are the sign of God's life to us.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
be with our grandchildren and all other grandchildren
that they may love and respect their grandparents
and all older people,
may remember to call,
visit or write,
and grow in wisdom,
age and grace before God.
“A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart.”
- Author Unknown
It seems that grandmas always need
A little one to hold;
To kiss and love, with all their hearts,
To shelter from the cold.
It gives me so much pleasure
When you sit upon my knee.
To know as I grow older
You will always keep me company.
I'll tell you lots of stories,
I'll sing you lullabies.
And you will know I love you more
With each beautiful day that goes by.
I used to hold your mommy
And hug and kiss her too.
I love her very much, you know
The same way that she loves you.
I used to wish that she could stay
My baby all her life.
But God intended for my little girl
To grow up to be a mommy and a wife.
And that's why He makes grandchildren-
To fill the empty gap.
It would be such a lonely world without you,
Come and sit upon my lap.