“Oh! Almighty and Everlasting God,
Creator of Heaven, the Earth,
and the Universe.
Help me to be, to think, and to do
what is right, because it is right.
Make me truthful,
honest, and honorable in all things.
Make me intellectually honest,
for the sake of right and honor,
without thought of reward to me.
Give me the ability to be charitable,
forgiving, and patient with my fellowmen.
Help me to understand
their motives and their shortcomings,
even as you understand mine! Amen
Assist with your spirit of counsel and fortitude
the President of these United States,
that his administration may be conducted in righteousness,
and be eminently useful to your people over whom he presides.
May he encourage due respect for virtue and religion.
May he execute the laws with justice and mercy.
May he seek to restrain crime, vice, and immorality.
We likewise commend to your unbounded mercy
all citizens of the United States,
that we may be blessed in the knowledge and in the observance of your holy law.
May we be preserved in union and that peace which the world cannot give;
and, after enjoying the blessings of this life,
be admitted to those which are eternal.
We pray to you, who are Lord and God,
for ever and ever.
(Composed by Archbishop John Carroll
for the inauguration of George Washington in 1789)