Almighty and eternal God,
You have, through Jesus
revealed Your glory
to all nations.
We pray You to preserve the works of Your mercy,
that Your Church,
being spread through the whole world,
may continue with unchanging faith
in the confession
of Your name.
We pray You, who alone are good
to endow with heavenly knowledge,
our Chief Bishop,
Paul II, the vicar
of our Lord Jesus
in the government of His Church;
our own Archbishop
all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church;
and especially those who are appointed to exercise among us the functions of the holy ministry
and conduct Your people into the ways of salvation.
We pray You, O God
of might, wisdom, and justice,
through whom authority is rightly administered,
laws are enacted, and judgment decreed,
to assist with Your holy spirit
of counsel and fortitude
the President of the United States,
that his administration may be conducted in righteousness,
and be eminently useful to Your 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
Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have understanding and power.
By me kings
reign and rulers make laws that are just;
by me princes govern,
and all nobles who rule on earth.
Let the light of Your divine wisdom
direct the deliberations of Congress,
and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws
framed 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 blessing
of equal liberty.
We pray for his Excellency, the Governor Of this state,
for the members of the Assembly,
for all judges, magistrates, and other officers
who are appointed to guard our political welfare,
that they may be enabled, by Your powerful protection,
to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.
We recommend likewise to Your unbounded mercy
all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge
and sanctified in the observance of Your most holy law;
that they may be preserved in union,
and in that peace which the world cannot give;
and after enjoying the blessings of this life,
be admitted to those which are eternal.
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Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace.
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