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27 April 2021

Prayer For The Government Of The United States Of America. Abridged From A Prayer Composed By Archbishop Carroll In 1800.

Text is from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal.
   Prayer For The United States Of America.
   Abridged From A Prayer Composed By Archbishop Carroll In 1800.

“The Mass Of The Foundation Of The Trinitarian Order”.
Artist: Juan Carreño de Miranda.
Illustration: LOUVRE

Prayer For The Government.

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, 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 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 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 us the Blessings 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.




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  1. How much we in the US need this prayer by Archbishop Carroll. I fear our country has gone so far astray, they are like “the lost 10 tribes.”

  2. In 1789,Archbishop Carroll talked enthusiastically about a future liturgy in the vernacular facing the people.
    God bless -Andrew


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