Prayers for the
to the National Anthem of the
Thank You, Lord, for the men
and women of our armed forces. Protect them as they
protect us. Defend them as they defend us. Encourage
and strengthen their spirit, soul, and body in the
execution of their duties and responsibilities. May
they be mentally and physically strong when required
to face the challenges of combat. Undergird them with
Your Holy Spirit and might when they are called upon
to endure the hardships of battle.
I pray that nothing would take them by surprise, but
that they would be aware of all potential aggression.
Enable them to curtail hostile actions before they
start. Reveal to military leaders the strategies and
plots that enemies would wage. Give leaders wisdom
and insight in all decisions. May response to any
aggression by enemies of this nation be swift,
accurate, and effective.
Father, give our military favor with the governmental
agencies of this country. I pray that our Congress
would appropriate sufficient funds to keep our nation's
military preeminent and strong in the world.
Thank You, Lord, for providing America with the best
trained, equipped, and lead military force in the
world today. Fill them with Your saving grace and the
gospel of peace that they may be shining witnesses of
Your heavenly love.
Enrich them spiritually that they may cope with life
and death situations on the field of battle. When
their military brothers and sisters fall in action,
give them the strength to continue the good fight.
Relieve any feelings of guilt that they may
experience if they have to kill another of Your
children, in every situation. Help them to realize
that they are called to perform at capacity, and
unfortunately killing others may sometimes be
required of them. Instill in them Your love, showing
them mercy and forgiveness when they must break the
fifth commandment out of necessity. Whenever possible,
guide them to find more humane ways to achieve their
goals, keeping the number of casualties at a minimum.
In Jesus' Holy Name, I humbly pray. Amen.
To the Queen
of the Most Holy Rosary
Queen of the Holy Rosary,
we implore you to bless our military forces at home and
Guide their steps into the way of peace. Amen.
For Our Men
and Women in Military Service
O Prince of Peace, we
humbly ask Your protection for all our men and women in
military service. Give them unflinching courage to defend
with honor, dignity, and devotion the rights of all who
are imperiled by injustice and evil. Guard our churches,
our homes, our schools, our hospitals, our factories, our
buildings, and all those within from harm and peril.
Protect our land and its peoples from enemies from within
and without. Grant an early peace with victory founded
upon justice. Instill in the hearts and minds of men and
women everywhere a firm purpose to live forever in peace
and good will toward all. Amen.
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Prayer for the Families of Our
the Holy Name of Jesus, I lift up to You, Father, the
families of our military. I pray that all will feel
Your love and mercy while they are concerned for
their loved ones who are away serving our great
nation. May they know abundance, being well provided
for and well taken care of until their loved ones
return home safely. Give them the courage of warriors.
May the peace that passes understanding sustain them
in seasons of separation. Comfort them with Your Word,
that they might have faith to see their sons,
daughters, husbands, and wives returned to them in
wholeness and safety. Amen.
For our Veterans
Lord, today I thank You for our veterans, for their
willingness to risk all so that our nation might
dwell in peace and safety. May they find the honor
and recognition they truly deserve. I pray that You
will heal the physical, spiritual, and psychological
wounds some of these veterans have suffered. Bring a
lasting peace to those who mourn the loss of comrades.
Help them to find Your love and mercy, so that they
may cope with the actions they may have had to take
while they served our country. Make them realize that
the rules of engagement in war do not always follow
the laws of Christianity, but give them solace by
Your scripture passages that show them that sometimes
battle is necessary for the common good. Amen.
Prisoners of War
in the Holy Name of Jesus, I pray for those who have
been taken captive in war. Give them courage to
persevere and also the knowledge that they have not
been forgotten. May our nation find ways to rescue
them safely and quickly, so that their suffering is
not prolonged. I pray that they will not be used as
pawns to the advantage of our enemies. Enter the
hearts of their captors, that they may be merciful.
Do not let the Evil One control their hearts and
minds, tempting them to be cruel and torture their
captives. Shine Your Light of Love upon all involved
in military prisons. Remind them of Your commandment
to love one another, as You love us all. Amen.
For Those Missing in Action
God, may we find more efficient ways of tracing and
identifying those who are missing in action. Let them
not be forgotten. Fill them with the hope of freedom
and knowledge that their loved ones and comrades
anxiously await their safe return. I fervently pray
that the truth would come to light quickly so that
the living may be rescued, and the families of the
deceased may find timely closure. For those whom You
have received into the next life, grant them eternal
rest, O Lord. Let perpetual Light shine upon them. By
Your mercy, may they rest in peace. Amen.
During Time of War or Conflict
Father, I come to You in the Name of our Lord Jesus,
to lift up in prayer this present military action.
Father, I pray that there might be a quick resolution
to this action, and that the truth and righteousness
would prevail. May You guide, bless, and protect all
those engaged in this conflict. Heal the physical,
emotional, and spiritual wounds that may be inflicted.
Let all our soldiers, both home and abroad, turn to
You for guidance, courage, and hope. Amen.
Our Deceased Service Men and Women
are all-powerful, God, and live forever in light and
joy. Look with pity and love, we beg You, on those
men and women who bravely fought and gallantly died
for their country. By laying down their lives, they
showed supreme love for others.
we ask You, their sacrifice and their belief in the
justice of the cause they died for. Let their
offering not be in vain. Please forgive any sins and
faults they may have committed. Speedily, we implore
You, bring them into Your Presence where fear,
sadness, mourning, and death cannot exist.
pity in Your loving kindness on those they leave
behind. In Your own unsearchable ways, make good for
their absence, and lavishly bestow Your love and
consolations on those deprived of their presence.
This we ask in the Name of Christ, our Victor King.
"Let us pray for our faithful departed,"
published by Franciscan Mission Assoc.
prayers to St. Martin of Tours, Patron Saint of Soldiers,
and prayers for our nation.
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