Wednesday, January 21, 2009

For the Nation

At this morning's Washington National Cathedral Prayer Service marking the inauguration of President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden, the capital's Archbishop Donald Wuerl offered the following prayer:
Almighty God, who has entrusted us with the care of this great land:
We humbly ask that we may always prove ourselves
a people worthy of this trust and pleased to do your will.
Bless our nation with honorable industry, sound learning, and mutual respect.
Save us from violence, discord, and confusion,
from arrogance and greed,
and from every evil way.
Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people
the multitudes brought from all the corners of the earth.
Bestow the spirit of wisdom on those to whom we grant the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home.
Through obedience to your law,
may we show forth your glory among the nations of the world.
In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,
and in the day of trouble, strengthen our trust in you;
all this we ask in your holy Name.

PHOTOS: Reuters