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)
Upon the deep darkness of the world
Shine the light of your face
That our hearts may exult and proclaim with joy
The Good News of the birth of Jesus,
Together with Mary and Joseph, and
With all people of good will who long for your peace.
Make us as obedient as Mary,
And as unafraid as Joseph,
In welcoming the mystery of your will
And the unfolding of your purpose.
This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.]]>