Uniting our Duty to Pray and our Duty to Vote

11/4/2012

First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions and thanksgivings be offered for everyone,
for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.
        (1 Timothy 2:2)

It is clear that the St. Paul exhorts us to offer prayers and thanksgiving for those whom God has permitted, and we have chosen, to govern our nation, our state and our communities. As Election Day is now upon us,  I invite all of my readers to join me in prayer for our nation, our candidates and our electorate.
Let Us Pray. O God, our Father and Lord of all, to You we lift this prayer.
We praise and thank You for the opportunity to exercise our duty to vote as citizens of this great nation.
Guide us, through the power of your Spirit, so we may vote in a manner that best reflects our living faith, our Gospel values and the teachings of our Church.
May our votes advance our nation's commitment to the vulnerable in our midst: the poor, the elderly, the sick and the immigrant. 
May our votes further our commitment as a nation to the sanctity of marriage and the family, as well as to the dignity of each human life, especially of the lives of the unborn, who are the most vulnerable of all.
May our votes further our commitment as a nation to preserve religious liberty and the exercise of all our liberties which are a gracious gift from You.
May this Election Day lead us toward a more quiet and tranquil life as a nation, living each day in peace and in dignity, in justice and in freedom. 
And finally Lord, bless and guide all that are chosen to govern our United States of America.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
Amen