This week we observe our Nation’s independence. As we celebrate let us remember to pray that God will strengthen and bless America and make our nation a haven of liberty and justice for all — born and unborn. John Carroll was named the first Archbishop of the United States of America in 1789. Archbishop Carroll wrote a prayer for our newly formed government on November 10, 1791, to be recited in parishes throughout his diocese. It is an excellent prayer especially for the times we live in now, over 200 years later, to remind us of the crucial role faith and prayer has always played in our nation since its beginning.
“…We recommend likewise, to Your 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 Your 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…”
Also, each year on July 4th we can especially pray for our government as we are
commanded to do in Sacred Scripture:
I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men: For kings, and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all piety and chastity. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
(1 Timothy 2:1-4)
For the full Prayer for Our Government by Archbishop John Carroll, you can go to https:// www.catholiccompany.com/getfed/prayer-foramerica-by-john-carroll-first-u-s-bishop/.