Prayer for our Country
Almighty God, You have given us this good land for our heritage. We humbly ask You that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Your favor and glad to do Your will. Bless our land with honorable endeavor, sound learning and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties and fashion into one united people the multitude brought here out of many nations and tongues. Endow with the Spirit of wisdom those to whom in Your Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Your law we may show forth Your praise among the nations on earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble do not allow our trust in You to fail. Amen.
~~ by Thomas Jefferson, taken from “Prayers for Today,” published by Leaflet Missal Co
(thanks to www2heartsnetwork.org)
Prayer For Peace
Give peace, O Lord , in our days; for there is none other that fights for us , but only you, our God.
“Let there be peace in your strength, O Lord, and plenty in your strong places.”
Let Us Pray
Oh God, from Whom proceed all holy desires, all right counsels and just works, grant unto us your servants that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be devoted to your service and that being delivered from the fear of our enemies, we may pass our time in peace under your protection. Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
~Within The Sanctuary, The Mass and A Manual of Prayers, NIHIL OBSTAT, Rev Msgr Ralph M. Miller
Prayer For All In Military Service
O God, we beseech you, watch over the souls of all who are exposed to the horrors of war, and to the spiritual dangers inseparable form a military life. Bless them with such a strong Faith that no human respect may ever lead them to deny it, or fear to practice it. Do by your grace fortify them against the contagion of bad example. Keep them always in your friendship. May nothing in life or death ever separate them from you.
Mother of God, be with them on land, or sea, or in the air during life and at the hour of death, and grant that they may die in the grace of your Son.
May their Guardian Angels protect them. Amen.
Within The Sanctuary, The Mass and A Manual of Prayers, NIHIL OBSTAT, Rev Msgr Ralph M. Miller