Labor Day Prayer: Catholic Service [ Opening Prayer for Labor Day 2017 ]

Labor Day Prayer: Happy Labor Day 2017!

1. “Lord on this Labor Day,
we thank You for the blessing of work.
We ask for strength to complete each day.
We ask for rest when we are weary.
We ask Your guidance for everyone seeking employment,
and we ask that You be with those whose faces
we might never see but who work tirelessly each day
for the good of us all.

2. “Dear God,
I thank you for this Labor Day holiday. I thank you for this time when I can choose to get added rest, or added fun, or added time to catch up on necessary chores.
Lord, this is also a great day for reflection. This is a day to thank you for the many gifts and talents that you have given me to serve you and serve others.
Lord, you have equipped me, you have prepared me, and you will enable me to make great contributions to this world. Enlarge my vision of your awesome plan for my life.
I thank you for your heavenly guidance. I celebrate the revelation, motivation, and determination that will take me to the next step in my destiny.
Bless my work and my career for your glory. Enlarge my opportunities. Enable me to be prosperous as I dedicate myself to giving my best to the work assignments you have given me.
In Jesus' Name I pray,

3. “God, help us to build a new world in the midst of the old. A world where all worker are valued. A world where those who clean houses are able to buy houses to live in. A world where those who grow food and afford to eat their fill. We pray for the coming of a world where all workers everywhere share in the abundance that you have given us. We ask these things knowing that you give us the courage and strength to live out our faith in the workplace and in the marketplace, as well as in the sanctuary. Laboring God, as you labor with us, may we labor for you, ever committed to do your world in the world. Amen.”

4. “Almighty God,
you have so linked our lives one with another
that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives:
So guide us in the work we do,
that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good;
and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor,
make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers,
and arouse our concern for those who are out of work;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

5. “We are workers, God, just like you. But we confess that our work is not always done in a manner that affirms and honors each other. Our work is not always done in a spirit that is pleasing t you. We confess that, on some occasions, e have blindly bought goods made by people who are paid too little or work in unsafe conditions. We admit that we have failed to end an unjust system in which some workers have jobs that provide good wages, health insurance, sick leave, a pension, paid vacations, and other benefits, while others have jobs that do not. Merciful God, forgive us. Help us this Labor Day, to work for justice and build a new world where all people share in the abundance you have given us. Amen.”

6. “O God, the creator of all things, you framed the law of labor for the human race. Graciously grant, by the example and patronage of St. Joseph, that we may do the work you provide us and earn the reward you promise. Sustain us with your grace to live up to our duties in charity and justice. Amen.”

7. “Dear God,
You made the heavens and the earth and your work was Good and we praise you. May we continue your good work through our own labor – helping to create your kingdom on earth as in heaven.  We pray on this Labor Day for all those who work.  Whether in the school, the factory, the mines,  the armed services, the business office, government or on the farm may all workers carry themselves with honor, know the respect of their managers, be kept safe from harm, and be well paid for hard work so that they might provide for their family and loved ones.  God help us not to pit workers of one nation against those of another nation so that one must suffer if another thrives. Rather help us to create work in concert so that workers of all nations might mutually prosper with decent wages for decent work.  Today we also pray for those who are unemployed or underemployed.  May they not become discouraged; may they continue to find ways to learn and grow in their time out of work.  Help us as a nation to continue to provide for those who are suffering from unemployment so that they do not lose hearth and home.  May those out of work experience tangible evidence of our support and may meaningful work come quickly.
May all the labors of our lives benefit your creation so that we might be co-creators of your world filled with peace and enough for all.  Amen!”

8. “Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life shared our toil and hallowed our labor:  Be present with your people where they work; make those who carry on the industries and commerce of his land responsive to your will; and give to us all a pride in what we do, and a just return for our labor; through Jesus Chris tour Lord, who lives and reigns with you , in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.”

9. “On this weekend, when we rest from our usual labors, loving Father, we pray for all who shoulder the tasks of human labor—in the marketplace, in factories and offices, in the professions, and in family living.
We thank you, Lord, for the gift and opportunity of work; may our efforts always be pure of heart, for the good of others and the glory of your name.
We lift up to you all who long for just employment and those who work to defend the rights and needs of workers everywhere.
May those of us who are now retired always remember that we still make a valuable contribution to our Church and our world by our prayers and deeds of charity.
May our working and our resting all give praise to you until the day we share together in eternal rest with all our departed in your Kingdom as you live and reign Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.”

10. “Dear Father and creator of us all – the one who gives us strength to work, minds to envision and hearts to persevere – thank you for creating us with the ability to do tasks, create products and contribute ideas that benefit the world.   We remember in grateful prayer today all those who labor diligently in our factories, in our restaurants, in our maintenance industries, in transportation, in communications, in agriculture, in construction, in mining, in our nursing homes and hospitals, in law enforcement, in childcare and in our retail industry. Thank you that they provide so many necessary services that keep our lives and our country working like clockwork.
We pray the blessing of Ecclesiastes upon each worker, “That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God.”Keep our workers healthy, safe and strong.  May the work of their hands provide the means they need to care for themselves and their families.  Grant them work environments that allow them to do their jobs in safety, where they are respected and valued by their superiors and where they are rewarded by a sense of accomplishment.
Help all of us to treat them as we would want to be treated.  Let us never overlook them or to underestimate their value.  Open our eyes to their labors on the behalf of our world and help us to voice our thanks to them for tirelessly doing their allotted jobs.  May we learn your grace from their example of faithfulness in every task of every size to which we put our hands to doing.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth who labored as a carpenter, Amen.”

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11. “Creator Lord, the source of all wisdom and purpose, and the blessing of those who labor; be with us in our work to guide and govern our world. Give to all people work that enhances human dignity and bonds us to one another. Give us pride in our work, a fair return for our labor, and joy in knowing that our work finds its source in you; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.”

12. “O God, through human labors you continually perfect the immense work of your creation. Listen to the prayers of your people, and grant to everyone employment that calls us to our best and unite us with each other, so that we can serve our brothers and sisters, and your world, through our work. This we ask through your Son Jesus Christ, who lives in unity with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.”

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