it’s the monday giggles…
‘I’m never going to work for that man again.’
‘Why, what did he say?’
Compared with other celebrations, Labor Day is the quiet day. There maybe a few students using this as an opportunity for a last fling before knuckling down to the Fall term, but for most people, Labor day is just a welcome day off work!
America has celebrated Labor Day on the first Monday in September since the 1882. The original idea was to have a street parade to show off ‘The strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations’.
When Labor Day was first proposed people worked 12hr days.
Later, Labor day featured speeches by prominent men, it’s true to say that these had a mixed reception, compared with the enthusiasm for a day off work.
In the 21st century politicians never miss the chance to plug their policies, especially in election years!
While the first Labor day was originally held on a Tuesday, it was soon realized that the first Monday was a better day for this day of relaxation. Principally because we get a long weekend!
And all this time I thought it was simply to celebrate
the final day of the summer season when
we can wear white!
Prayer for Labor Day
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 their 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.