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Novena for the
United States of America
George Washington's Prayer for the Nation.
ALMIGHTY God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep
the United States in thy holy protection, that Thou wilt incline
the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination
and obedience to government, and entertain a brotherly affection
and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the
United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously
be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and
to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific
temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author
of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose
example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.
Grant our supplications, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ
our Lord. AMEN.
[Written at Newburg, June 8, 1783, and sent to the Governors
of all the States. Published in the Army Navy Hymnal, 1942]DAY TWO
A Prayer for The President of the United States, and all
in Civil Authority.
O LORD, our heavenly Father, the high and mighty Ruler of
the universe, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers
upon earth; Most heartily we beseech thee, with thy favour to
behold and bless thy servant THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
and all others in authority; and so replenish them with the grace
of thy Holy Spirit, that they may always incline to thy will,
and walk in thy way. Endue them plenteously with heavenly gifts;
grant them in health and prosperity long to live; and finally,
after this life, to attain everlasting joy and felicity; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN
¶ Or this,
O LORD our Governor, whose glory is in all the world; we commend
this nation to thy merciful care, that being guided by thy Providence,
we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to THE PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to
know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and
righteousness; and make them ever mindful of their calling to
serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God,
world without end. AMEN.
¶ Or this,
ALMIGHTY God, whose kingdom is everlasting and power infinite;
Have mercy upon this whole land; and so rule the hearts of thy
servants THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, The Governor of
this State, and all others in authority, that they, knowing whose
ministers they are, may above all things seek thy honour and
glory; and that we and all the People, duly considering whose
authority they bear, may faithfully and obediently honour them,
according to thy blessed Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ
our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth
ever, one God, world without end. AMEN.DAY THREE
A Prayer for Congress.
MOST gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for the people
of these United States in general, so especially for their Senate
and Representatives in Congress assembled; that thou wouldest
be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations, to
the advancement of thy glory, the good of thy Church, the safety,
honour, and welfare of thy people; that all things may be so
ordered and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and surest
foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion
and piety, may be established among us for all generations. these
and all other necessaries, for them, for us, and thy whole Church,
be humbly beg in the name and mediation of Jesus Christ, our
most blessed Lord and Saviour. AMEN.DAY FOUR
For a State Legislature.
O GOD, the fountain of wisdom, whose statutes are good and
gracious and whose law is truth; We beseech thee so to guide
and bless the Legislature of this State, that it may ordain for
our governance only such things as please thee, to the glory
of thy Name and the welfare of the people; through Jesus Christ,
thy Son, our Lord. AMEN.DAY FIVE
For Courts of Justice.
ALMIGHTY God, who sittest in the throne judging right; We
humbly beseech thee to bless the courts of justice and the magistrates
in all this land; and give unto them the spirit of wisdom and
understanding, that they may discern the truth, and impartially
administer the law in the fear of thee alone; through him who
shall come to be our Judge, thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.
For Our Country.
ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage;
We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people
mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land
with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save
us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy,
and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into
one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds
and tongues. endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in
thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may
be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to
thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the
earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,
and in the day of trouble suffer not our trust in thee to fail;
all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.DAY SEVEN
For Schools, Colleges, and Universities.
ALMIGHTY God, we beseech thee, with thy gracious favour to
behold our universities, colleges, and schools, that knowledge
may be increased among us, and all good learning flourish and
abound. Bless all who teach and all who learn; and grant that
in humility of heart they may ever look unto thee, who art the
fountain of all wisdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.DAY EIGHT
For the Armed Forces.
ALMIGHTY God, we commend to thy gracious care and keeping
the Armed Forces of our country at home and abroad. Defend them
day by day with thy heavenly grace; strengthen them in their
trials and temptations, give them courage to face the perils
which beset them; and grant them a sense of thine abiding presence
wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
¶ Or this,
O GOD, whose fatherly care reacheth to the uttermost parts
of the earth: we humbly beseech thee graciously to behold and
bless those who serve in the defence of our country; defend them
from all dangers of soul and body, and grant that both they and
we, drawing nearer to thee, may be bound together by thy love
in the communion of thy Holy Spirit, and in the fellowship of
thy Saints. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
¶ Or this,For the Air Force.
WE IMPLORE thy grace and protection, O Lord, for the Air Force
of our country: direct the members thereof in all their ways;
defend them from all dangers and adversities; and be graciously
pleased to take them, and all who are dear to them, under thy
fatherly care and protection. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
¶ Or this,For the Navy.
O ETERNAL Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens, and
rulest the raging of the sea; Vouchsafe to take into thy almighty
and most gracious protection our country's Navy, and all who
serve therein. Preserve them from the dangers of the sea, and
from the violence of the enemy; that they may be a safeguard
unto the United States of America, and a security for such as
pass on the seas upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants
of our land may in peace and quietness serve thee our God, to
the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
¶ Or this,For the Army.
O LORD God of Hosts, stretch forth, we pray thee, thine almighty
arm to strengthen and protect the soldiers of our country. Support
them in the day of battle, and in the time of peace keep them
safe from all evil; endure them with courage and loyalty; and
grant that in all things they may serve without reproach; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.DAY NINE
For Those who have died in service of our Country.
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the
living and the dead; We give thee thanks for all those thy servants
who have laid down their lives in the service of our country.
Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the
good work which thou has begun in them may be perfected; through
Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. AMEN.
¶ Or this,
ALMIGHTY God, we remember this day before thee thy servants
who have laid down their lives in the service of our country:
and we pray thee that, having opened to them the gates of larger
life, thou wilt receive them more and more into thy joyful service;
that they may win, with thee and thy servants everywhere, the
eternal victory. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.