Monday, January 19, 2009

Another Prayer for America

H/T to Fr. Z, who posted this.  It is the prayer of Archbishop John Carroll, the first Archbishop of Baltimore (and the U.S.) from 1791.  John was the cousin of Declaration of Independence signer Charles Carroll of MARYland.  Maryland was the colony for Catholics, if you didn't know.

I have inserted the names where appropriate.  You can use your own bishop and governor name where mine is typed "Joseph" and "Edward".  I doubt anyone else has a different Pope of the Catholic Church...


We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast
revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy,
that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue
with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name. We pray Thee, who
alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere
zeal, and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, Pope Benedict., the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop, Joseph.,
all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church; and especially
those who are appointed to exercise amongst us the functions of the
holy ministry, and conduct Thy people into the ways of salvation.

pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through whom authority
is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist
with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these
United States, that his administration may be conducted in
righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he
presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a
faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining
vice and immorality.

Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the
deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and
laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the
preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the
increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may
perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.

We pray for his
excellency, Edward, the governor of this state , for the members of the
assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are
appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by
Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective
stations with honesty and ability. We recommend likewise, to Thy
unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the
United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified
in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in
union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after
enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are

Finally, we pray to Thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the
souls of Thy servants departed who are gone before us with the sign of
faith and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents,
relatives, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this
congregation, and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all
benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church,
witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their
claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. To these, O Lord, and
to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of
refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus
Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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