Prayer For Church and Civil Authorities

By Archbishop John Carroll | A.D. 1800

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, 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 Holy Father, Pope N., the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the government of His Church; our own (Arch) Bishop N.; all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to excerise among us the functions of Holy Ministry, and conduct Thy people inyo the ways of salvation.

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 Ghost of counsel and fortitude, the President of these United States of America, that [his] administration 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 formed 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 [State], for members of the Legislature, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers appointed to guard our political welfare; that they may be enabled by powerful protection, to discharge to duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.

We recommend likewise to Thy unbounded mercy all our brethern and citizens of the United States of America, that they may be blessed in knowledge, and sanctified in the observance of Thy Most Holy Law; thaty they be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this like, be admitted to those which are eternal.

Finally, we pray to thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of thy servants [and handmaids] departed gone before us with the sign of faith, and repose in the sleep of peace, the souls of our parents, relatives, and friends; 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 Saviour. Amen.

After the prayer the National Anthem is played and the Pledge of Allegiance is recited.