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Prayer for Government

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The Prayer for Government was written by Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore 222 years ago in 1791. Carroll was the first bishop and archbishop in the United States. His cousin Charles was the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Please pray this prayer frequently this week as the United States Congress considers Obama's request for a military strike against Syria, as well as for the widespread immorality present at all levels of government in this country. Although the prayer is written specifically for the United States, those outside the US can adapt it fairly easily for their countries.

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, N., the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop, N., 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.

We 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, 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 eternal.

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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amen Praying
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Proud to belong to the parish that John Carrol used as the meeting place for the organization of the Catholic Church in the United States on what is now the site of Sacred Heart Church in Bowie, MD.
Thanks Jerry - did not know of the prayer you listed that he had written.
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Prayers (in original and adapted form) offered. Also, as an act of fraternal charity, always happy to help a fellow Catholic meet his 100 posts a week quota.
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(quote) Roystan-340472 said: Prayers (in original and adapted form) offered. Also, as an act of fraternal charity, always happy to help a fellow Catholic meet his 100 posts a week quota.
Thanks, Roystan!

BTW -- that's actually a limit, not a quota! laughing laughing
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(quote) Jerry-74383 said: Thanks, Roystan!

BTW -- that's actually a limit, not a quota!
what!..........only one hundred
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In Jesus name... Amen
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Praying Praying Praying theheart Jerry (Thanx) For Finding that! Its a Good prayer to say! For our goverment! Mike "Peace"!!
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Thanks Jerry--Amentheheart rosary
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