Prayers for government officials become highly sought after during the years of elections. Every four years for the Presidential Election which includes other Federal, State and local elections, and then Midterm elections which take place every two years for the Congressional Senatorial and other positions.
In addition to our daily sacrifices and our daily Rosaries, we can add special prayers for government officials. The following prayer is not only good to be said in the months preceding major elections, but always.
Our officials have grave responsibilities being in positions of such high authority, just like any other position of authority, starting with our parents and going up the ladder, teachers, employers, legal figures of authority like the police, our priests and bishops and of course our pope.
Our president, senators, and congressmen need our prayers now more than ever.
There are so many evils in the world which are permitted by law, Our Lady will have a hard time restraining the just yet merciful arm of Our Lord for much longer unless we PRAY!
I would like to share a prayer I say frequently that I found in my missal just after the 'Prayers after Low Mass'. It is abridged from a prayer that was composed by Archbishop Carroll for the government officials of the United States of America.
Being Roman Catholic, prayers for government officials is a duty we have and is seldom thought of. Please consider including this prayer or one similar to it at least once a week in your daily prayers or attaching it to your Rosary prayers in these dire times we live in.
We pray Thee, almighty and eternal God, who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy; that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue, with unchanging faith, in the confession of Thy name. We pray Thee, O God of might, wisdom, and justice, through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgement decreed, assist, with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude, the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy 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 and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of the Congress, and shine forth in all proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government; so that they may tend to the preservation 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 Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.
We recommend likewise to Thy 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 Thy 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. Amen.
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