September 21, 2017
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Gracious God, we ask for your wisdom and love to guide our newly-elected president and other civic officials and all public servants.  

May they lead us to work for greater justice and peace, and help us to better care for one another, especially our most vulnerable brothers and sisters, and for our common home on this planet.  

Heal our differences and unite us in our search for the common good. Make us faithful citizens of this nation, and, more importantly, of your heavenly kingdom.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit and we shall be created, and you will renew the face of the earth.  

[adapted from Daily Gospel Reflection from Notre Dame]



For the nations of the world, to engage in a cooperative spirit toward lasting peace and justice for all, we pray to the Lord... R: Send forth your spirit.

For our nation, to continue to promote liberty and freedom, justice and peace for all, we pray to the Lord...

For the people of the United States, to engage in a spirit of cooperation, tranquility, and respect for one another and for all human life as good stewards of the gifts God has given us, we pray to the Lord…

For our new President, to have before him at all times the charge to protect and defend the rights of all citizens, especially the weakest and most vulnerable among us, we pray to the Lord...

For all civic authorities, entrusted with care for the common good, to act with loving care in all they do, we pray to the Lord...

For the Church and its leaders, to serve as beacons of the light of Christ in a world in the shadows of fear, violence, poverty, and death, we pray to the Lord…



Let us pray:
Assist with your spirit of counsel and fortitude
the President of these United States,
that his administration may be conducted in righteousness,
and be eminently useful to your people over whom he presides.
May he encourage due respect for virtue and religion.
May he execute the laws with justice and mercy.
May he seek to restrain crime, vice, and immorality.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
[composed by Archbishop John Carroll for use on the occasion of the inauguration of George Washington in 1789]