Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Thank you Founding Fathers for standing up for liberty against a tyrannical government. Sending a big thank you to all the brave men and women who have served, to those serving now protecting our freedoms, and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending and protecting America.  

Here is a prayer for the United States and the government written by Archbishop John Carroll of Baltimore, the brother of Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

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, Pope 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.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe time celebrating Independence Day!! God Bless the USA!!


Always On Watch said...

I didn't have a chance to stop by your blog yesterday (I give a reason in my post today -- "Iritis"). But I want to wish you a wonderful Independence Day weekend.

May our nation turn back to the Lord.

Bunkerville said...

Hope you had a good day. Nice post.

Teresa said...


No problem. I didn't make it around to all the blogs I like visiting either. There are so, so many now that it would be extremely hard to do that, especially with having my two main blogs and a number of different followers on each. I hope your iritis is doing better. Hope the swelling has gone down. Wishing you also a wonderful weekend.

Teresa said...


It was pretty good. I hope you had a wonderful day with family and friends. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.