||Consecration of US
||Supreme Court Justices
|Thanks for Freedom
||Rosary for America
for Our Country,
the United States of America
to America the Beautiful
Heavenly Father, You are the real
foundation of nations, raising them up
to serve and care for the people dwelling in their
I thank You for making me a citizen of this land of
and unlimited opportunity---which are the result of its
Send forth your Spirit to this country and make it a
source of wisdom
and strength, order and integrity throughout the world.
Prayer for Civil Authority
Jesus Christ, King of the universe, look with mercy on
those who rule
over us. Grant to our President and his administration
the grace to know
and do your will. Let them serve all their subjects in
truth and righteousness.
Inspire our Congressmen with the courage to make laws for
the good of all
rather than the few. Give our Judges your Spirit of
wisdom and understanding
that they may discern the truth and impartially
administer the law.
And let all the people pitch in to make our way of
continue to work. Amen.
for Wise Governance
Father, we give thanks for the democracy alive in our
country and for the freedom to worship You.
Help the elected government and all in positions of power
and authority to govern wisely and for the common
good of all. Amen.
Prayer for Our President
in Your Holy Name, I lift up our president to You. I know
that our leader's heart is in Your Hand, so I ask You to
guide the head of our nation in the way You would have
him go. Lord, I pray that You would surround our
president with wise counsel--men and women of moral
integrity who place Your agenda and the good of this
great nation above their own and whose motives are for
that which is right.
I pray that You would give our leader discernment,
understanding, and knowledge so that our country may know
stability internally and abroad. I give You thanks for
our president according to Your Word, and thank You for
working in and through his leadership so that we might
lead peaceable lives in godliness and honesty. Amen.
For our Legislators
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the mighty name of
Jesus, thanking You and praising You for our great nation.
I thank You for the plan You gave to our forefathers by
which to govern our nation and for the division of powers
so that our destiny does not rest in the hands of one
In praying for those in authority, I therefore lift up
our Congress and Senate to You. I pray that by Your Holy
Power, our legislative bodies would make laws that are
Father, I ask You to give them wisdom to make decisions
that would strengthen and prosper our nation. I desire
that they would make right decisions concerning the
politics, the social welfare, and the economics of our
country. I pray that they will be motivated by Your Hand
and not their own personal concerns. Amen.
Decisions in Times of National Crisis
O Lord, I
humbly pray that You direct the leaders of this great
nation now in this time of crisis. Grant them wisdom and
understanding, and help them to respond quickly and
effectively to this situation. Direct them that they may
do what is right in Your sight. May they follow Your
Divine Will to lead our nation on the paths of peace and
Unite all response agencies in an organized and
harmonious fashion to bring quick and effective resolve
to the demands of this crisis. Empower us as United
States citizens to do our own part, financially,
physically, emotionally, and spiritually to support all
who have been affected by this tragedy.
O Lord, I pray that You encourage and strengthen our
nation. Surround us with Your Love and Mercy! Bring peace
and comfort to all those who are suffering as a result of
this crisis. In Jesus' Holy Name. Amen.
For a Better Economy
O God, I
pray in the Name of Your Son, Jesus, for our country's
economy. I know that even more than a strong military, a
strong economy helps keep a nation powerful. Father, I
ask that You would raise up people of skill and wisdom
who will affect our financial future. Give them inspired
ideas and a voice with the powers that be. Cause Congress
to vote aright in these matters. Give them foresight so
that provision might be made for our nation's future, not
just its present.
Father, as the people continue to finance the spread of
Your Word and help the poor all over the world, I pray
that You would continue to prosper us more and more so
that we may continue to assist others less fortunate, in
this country and across the globe. Amen.
For our Supreme Court Justices
O Lord, I
bring our Supreme Court Justices before You. Knowing that
they are appointed by man, I pray that You will influence
the selection of each new replacement. Guide them to
choose people who will judge morally in every matter
brought before them.
As our Justices make their decisions, I pray that their
decrees are in accord with Your Will, not that of man.
Help them set a standard of justice and balance for the
judicial office at large, not only on a national level,
but for every adjudicator in our nation. Amen.
For Good Foreign Relations
Jesus, I pray for the international relations of my
nation, because our global influence has allowed us into
other countries to spread Your Holy Word in the past. I
pray that those You raise up would give favor and offer
safety to the missionaries in their respective nations.
Raise up wise men and women to fill our diplomatic corps,
persons of skill, morals, and understanding in foreign
affairs and in the affairs of state. Grant safety to our
embassy personnel in every foreign land so they will be
able to maintain good relations in their posts, and so
that even our enemies will be at peace with them. I ask
that Your Hand would be with our diplomats to such a
degree that even the most fanatical of our enemies would
fear attacking our embassies and their personnel. Rather,
Lord, let our enemies begin to see the United States as
an ensign of peace to the world and realize that living
in peace is preferable to living in fear and bondage.
Send Your Holy Spirit to alert our personnel of any
potential attacks, and give them the power to quell them
before they happen. Keep them always in the safety of
Your Arms. Amen.
For a Moral Nation
Heavenly Father, I know that the spirit of worldliness
can creep into the Body of Christ very subtly, and before
we know it, we can so easily be led astray. I pray You
send Your Holy Spirit upon us, so that a moral, Christian
voice can be heard and heeded by our leaders and the
media. Cause us, as Christians, to become the standard
bearers to such a degree that we can profoundly affect
the morality of this nation. Turn our people's hearts to
You. Open our eyes that we may see the error of our ways.
Gather all Christians, Catholic and Protestant, together
so that we form a united front against the wickedness and
snares of the devil. Disarm the evildoers, leaving them
powerless and not in control of our great nation. Inspire
our media--television, newscasters, reporters, filmmakers,
and celebrities--to promote a truly moral social justice
and morally righteous entertainment and fashion. Be our
strength when we are tempted to succumb to worldy things
and ways. Help us to lead our lives all for the greater
honor and glory of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Harmony Among Races
Father, I realize that racial enmity came as a result of
the Fall. Truly, we do not even know the ethnicity of
Adam, except that he was Your creation, a child of God.
It is from his seed that all humanity proceeded. I pray
that there would be such a move of Your Spirit in our
nation that our oneness is Jesus Christ would positively
influence relations between races. I desire that this
begin in the Body of Christ and spread throughout every
community in our country. May it affect every ethnic
group and cross every racial barrier. I pray that when we
look at those from another culture, we won't see them as
people of another color, but that we will see them
through the eyes of love as You see them--as people
created in Your own image. Remind us all of the Golden
Rule. Let us embrace one another as members of the one
Body of Christ. Amen.
God, I come to You in the Name of Jesus, asking for
divine protection for the people of this country. I pray
for the safety of every man, woman, and child. Keep us
from harms way and provide protection from plans of
destruction that our enemies have plotted. Stop their
plans before they are evoked. Give wisdom, understanding
and discernment to those who provide us protection. Help
us to be watchful and alert to signs of wrongdoing.
Please provide insight to national and local authorities
on ways to guard, defend, and insure the safety of all
American citizens both home and abroad. Helps us to unite
with government leaders and law enforcement personnel in
making this country a safe place to live, work, and play.
Allow Americans to enjoy our freedom without fear. Amen.
Protection from Terrorism
pray You prevent the destructive forces of terrorism
directed against our nation. Provide protection from evil
attacks and stop the aggressors that attempt to bring
destruction to our nation and its people. May Your Hand
of protection keep us safe.
I stand against the spirit of fear that accompanies the
cowardice acts of terrorism. Allow our fear to turn to
trust in You. May knowledge of terrorist planned attacks
be revealed to those who provide our national and
international security. Help those in power to act
swiftly to avert all danger, protecting American lives
Lord, provide strength, courage, and wisdom to our
protectors. Give wisdom and insight to our government and
everyone involved in the elimination of terrorism.
Provide instruction in the development of effective and
efficient anti-terrorist strategies that will give us an
advantage against our aggressors, allowing this country
to remain safe and secure.
I also pray that You enter the hearts of the instigators
of terrorism, so they recognize the evil of their ways,
and repent and denounce their cowardice acts of
destruction against humanity. Without repentance, may
they reap the consequences of their actions through Your
Divine Justice. May the fear of our retaliation be
greater than their hatred of democracy. Guide us in
efforts to seek out and erradicate these merchants of
death. Reveal to us the names of those responsible and in
allegiance with terrorist organizations. Enable our
military to become swift, powerful, and accurate in any
action of retaliation. Help them keep the innocent safe
as they stop these evil people.
Lord, help us to understand lifestyle changes that might
be necessary to ensure our protection. Grant patience and
tolerance to us in adapting to the safety precautions and
measure that we might experience. Enable us to realize
that the cost of inconvenience is a small price to pay
for the safety of our families. Amen.
Prayer for Offering the Daily
for the United States of America
Mother, Patroness of the United States of America, I
offer to you this rosary with all my love on behalf of my
homeland, consecrated to your Immaculate Conception and
so loved by you.
You appeared at Fatima and Pontevedra as Our Lady of the
Rosary, and asked us to pray the rosary every day and to
make reparation for the sins which pierce your Immaculate
Heart. You promised that if we do what you ask, many
souls will be saved and there will be peace.
With confidence in your maternal love and your most
powerful intercession before the throne of God, I offer
this rosary in reparation to your Immaculate Heart for
the sins by which it is pierced by the people of my
country. In return, I beg you to obtain for America,
through the Sacred Heart of your Divine Son, forgiveness
for the sins of its people, the grace of true repentance,
the gift of true peace, and the fulfillment of God's plan
for our nation for the salvation of souls and the spread
of Christ's kingdom on earth. I offer this rosary and
make this intention in union with the Guardian Angel of
the American People and all who join in this National
Rosary Crusade, for the glory of God and the honor of
your Immaculate Heart. Amen.
Consecration of America for U.S.Catholic
Mary, most Holy Mother of God and of Our Lord and Savior
Christ, we the people of the United States of America at
moment stand before you in a humbled condition of love,
and thankfulness. To your Immaculate Heart we recommit
ourselves throughout the entire American nation. To your
Son Jesus Christ we
pledge to serve His teaching, His church, and to work for
His kingdom on
earth. O Mary, to you do we flee for protection. Surround
family with your maternal care; enfold us in your arms.
Give to this
American land, built on the blood and tears of so many
faithful forebears, a
peaceful and praiseworthy existence in truth, love,
justice, and freedom. O
Mary, we submit to you as the Patroness of our beloved
country. O Mary, Help
of Christians, enfold the Holy Father and the Catholic
Church within your
protective cloak; be our shield in the days ahead. Give
to the Church true
holiness and freedom. Obtain for our leaders holy zeal,
the ability to face
the truth, and the courage to correct all abuses. Stop
the flood of atheism,
greed, heresy, impurity, lukewarmness, materialism, and
threaten our nation. Show to those who have strayed from
the Church the way
to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Mother of God, accept our
personal consecration to
you and, through you, bind us forever to the Holy Trinity.
Gather us all
into your Immaculate Heart and unite us forever with
O Mary, we love you. Amen.
Act of Consecration for the U.S.
Trinity: Our Father in heaven, Who chose Mary as the
fairest of Your daughters; Holy Spirit, Who chose Mary as
Your spouse; God the Son, Who chose Mary as Your mother;
in union with Mary, we adore Your majesty and acknowledge
Your supreme eternal dominion and authority.
Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America
into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may
present the country to You. Through her we wish to thank
You for the great resources of this land and for the
freedom which has been its heritage. Through the
intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church
in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our President
and all the officers of our government. Grant us a
fruitful economy born of justice and charity. Have mercy
on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family
life of the nation. Guard the innocence of our children.
Grant the precious gift of many religious vocations.
Through the intercession of our Mother Mary, have mercy
on the sick, the poor, the tempted, sinners--on all who
are in need.
Mary, Immaculate Virgin, Our Mother, Patroness of our
land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to
you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us, that acting
always according to you will and the Will of your Divine
Son, Jesus, we may live and die pleasing to God. Amen.
God our Father, Giver of life,
we entrust the United States of America to Your loving
care. You are the rock on which this nation was founded.
You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to
life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your
people. Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our
nation's leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of
human life and the responsibilities that accompany human
freedom. Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted
in seeking and doing Your Holy Will.
Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of
our land, grant us the courage to reject the "culture
of death." Lead us into this new millenium of life.
We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
our Fathers, Shepherd of Thy people, Lord of free men's
bless Thou our nation with a valiant, Godly spirit, with
a vision to see, with the courage to try,
with the power to achieve, that, marching behind Thee,
Thy people shall not perish.
God, bless our America! Hear our prayer for our united
peoples, grant guidance to our leaders,
protection to our sons, and teach each of us Thy way of
life in good will and peace. Amen.
Cardinal Francis Spellman
for the Nation
God, You have given us this good land for our heritage.
We humbly ask You that we may always prove ourselves a
people mindful of Your favor and glad to do Your will.
Bless our land with honorable endeavor, sound learning
and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and
confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil
way. Defend our liberties and fashion into one united
people the multitude brought here out of many nations and
tongues. Endow with the Spirit of wisdom those to whom in
Your Name we entrust the authority of government, that
there may be justice and peace at home, and that through
obedience to Your law we may show forth Your praise among
the nations on earth. In time of prosperity fill our
hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble do
not allow our trust in You to fail. Amen.
Thomas Jefferson, taken from "Prayers for Today,"
published by Leaflet Missal Co.
Touch Of God Upon Our Nation
Precious Lord Jesus, Gentle And Wonderful God, Truly
Awesome And Ever-present Holy Spirit, I love You, Lord
Jesus. Please bless this nation in which I live. Please
pour out Your Spirit upon this nation's people and upon
its leaders. Our nation has had times of trial and times
of blessing. At this moment, we are facing grave dangers
and trials we have not seen in generations. Because of
this dark hour in our nation's history, I seek Your Touch
upon this nation and its citizens. Touch the heart of
every man, woman, and child who lives within our borders.
O Lord, open our heart to You and to Your Love. O Lord,
open our heart to You and to Your Will for our people.
Protect us from the looming darkness that threatens us.
Protect us from the evil that lurks about both from
within and from without. Protect our people. Protect our
leaders. Inspire in all of us, the desire to do Your Will
and only Your Will. Keep us on our knees before Your
Cross. May Your Touch open the floodgates of our creative
spirit, our imagination, our inventiveness, our growth,
and our unlimited hope for the future. Inspire in us a
heart to turn from every corruption. Inspire in us a
heart to turn from every temptation. Inspire in us a
heart to do and live only Your Will each day. All these
things I humbly pray in the Name of my most Blessed Lord
Jesus Christ, my Mighty God, and my Ever-present Holy
Spirit upon Whom I can rely. Amen.
Pray For Catholic Relief Services
It is not
just our nation, but all of humanity who suffers in the
aftermath of September 11th. In the coming days of
healing and prayer, while You are remembering those who
grieve and supporting those who lead us, please do not
forget "the least of them," especially the
children around the globe for whom every day is a battle.
pray that God will hold them near in His embrace of
safety and love and protection.
too, that He will lead a multitude of compassionate
hearts to share their blessings with Catholic Relief
Services, so they may help deliver hope in His Name.
Catholic Relief Services
209 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-3443
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