A Prayer for Our Country at the Republican National Convention

Here is the prayer that I offered at the Republican National Convention:

With firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, let us pray:

Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus, we beg your continued blessings on this sanctuary of freedom, and on all of those who proudly call America home.  We ask your benediction upon those yet to be born, and on those who are about to see you at the end of this life.  Bless those families whose ancestors arrived on these shores generations ago, as well as those families that have come recently, to build a better future while weaving their lives into the rich tapestry of America.

We lift up to your loving care those afflicted by the recent storms and drought and fire.  We ask for the grace to stand in solidarity with all those who suffer.  May we strive to include your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, in the production and prosperity of a people so richly blessed.

Oh God of wisdom, justice, and might, we ask your guidance for those who govern us, and on those who would govern us:  the president and vice-president, the Congress, the Supreme Court, and on all those who seek to serve the common good by seeking public office, especially Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan.  Make them all worthy to serve you by serving our country.  Help them remember that the only just government is the government that serves its citizens rather than itself.

Almighty God, who gives us the sacred and inalienable gift of life, we thank you as well for the singular gift of liberty.  Renew in all of our people a respect for religious freedom in full, that first most cherished freedom. Make us truly free, by tethering freedom to truth and ordering freedom to goodness.  Help us live our freedom in faith, hope, and love; prudently, and with justice; courageously, and in a spirit of moderation.  Enkindle in our hearts a new sense of responsibility for freedom’s cause.  And make us ever-grateful for all those who, for more than two centuries, have given their lives in freedom’s defense; we commend their noble souls to your eternal care, as even now we beg your mighty hand upon our beloved men and women in uniform.

May we know the truth of your creation, respecting the laws of nature and nature’s God, and not seek to replace it with idols of our own making.  Give us the good sense not to cast aside the boundaries of righteous living you first inscribed in our hearts even before inscribing them on tablets of stone.  May you mend our every flaw, confirming our soul in self-control, our liberty in law.

We pray for all those who seek honest labor, as we thank you for the spirit of generosity to those in need with which you so richly blessed this nation.

We beseech your blessing on all who depart from here this evening, and on all those, in every land, who seek to conduct their lives in freedom.

Most of all, Almighty God, we thank you for the great gift of our beloved country.

For we are indeed “one nation under God.”

And “in God we trust.”

Dear God bless America. You who live and reign, forever and ever,


(editors note: this is an updated version.  Last night’s posting was incomplete. )

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56 Responses to “A Prayer for Our Country at the Republican National Convention”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful prayer Cardinal Dolan. Thank you for praying for our country this way.

  2. john son of john says:

    Thank you your emminence that was beautiful

  3. Joanne says:

    Cardinal Dolan, I left an earlier email that was a bit terse. I apologize for that. You do stand up for some moral issues. It would be encouraging to hear similar teaching from the parish pulpit.

    It’s too bad you caught so much flak from some other folks.

    Is there any way to put a kabash on the nun who’s a loose canon? She is paraded like a representative of the Church’s doctrine. These media outlets get her on programs, and it just misrepresents the faith. It’s like she’s a treasonous soldier.

    Anyway, thank you again for your courage.

  4. Thank you, Cardinal Dolan!

    I’ve re-Tweeted these profound words to my fellow Palinistas via several websites…

  5. Carol says:

    Beautiful. So uplifiting.

  6. 09/12/12 Joaquin DeMoreta responded as follows:
    Eternal Father, thank YOU very much, for granting us, this great gift, to have as our Church Shepherd, our dearest His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
    Please protect him and all the members of our Church, in our goings and in our comings, to bear fruits of everlasting life, and all for YOUR GLORY; I ask these in the name of YOUR Beloved Son Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen! SO BE IT!