Abridged from a prayer composed byArchbishop CarrollA.D.1800 for the United States of American
We prayThee, almighty and eternal God, who through Jesus Christ has revealedThy 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, O God of might, wisdom and justice, through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgement 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 toThy 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 the 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 use the blessings of equal liberty.
We pray for his Excellency the Governor of this State, for members of theAssembly, 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 station 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 blessing of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.Amen.
Oct 30, 2020.
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