Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day

A Prayer for Labor Day 

Loving Father,
on this weekend,
when we rest from our usual labors,
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
the valuable contribution we make to our Church
and our world by our prayers and deeds of charity.
May our working and our resting give you praise 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.

- Archdiocese of Detroit