Thursday, January 22, 2009

Archbishop Wuerl's Inauguration Prayer

Father Ernie Davis of St. Therese Little Flower Parish in Kansas City, who blogs here, writes in to say of Archbishop Wuerl's prayer at the National Cathedral yesterday:

I thought you might be interested. Although this prayer is sometimes attributed to George Washington, it dates from 1882 and was included in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer (p.36) and the 1979 Book of Common Prayer (p.820). I think appropriately calls for obedience to God’s law, an issue especially important on this anniversary of Roe vs Wade.

Here it is:

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.

Thank you Father Ernie.