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November 3rd, 2008

Prayer for the Election 2008

 
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Almighty and ever–living God, bound in faithful love to Your people, be attentive to our deepest needs; for as a nation we place all our trust in You.

Since election day approaches, we pray for all those who have placed their name before the people; to seal their commitment of public service for the common good. Purify the intentions of those who deserve the public trust. Transform self interest into compassion for Your people, as You make them harbingers of our future.

Empower each voter with Your Spirit; so that as the free people of Your creation they may recognize truth and personal integrity in those they choose. May the representative government they place in service mirror their own commitment to search out the ways of peace with others and establish an economic stability where justice will flourish for all.

May a new era of patriotism dawn upon the United States; a patriotism strong enough to carry us through difficult times and flexible enough to embrace authentic creativity. Drawing upon the resources of university and business, may the legal and social development of Your people help all citizens realize their full potential in Your sight. For Your wisdom is revealed to us and in us both now and forever. Amen.

Reprinted with permission of The Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin and the Office of the Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives.

 
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The Author : Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin
Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: In 1995 he began working as Vicar for Priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago under Joseph Cardinal Bernardin and, later, Francis Cardinal George. He held that position until he was sworn in as Chaplain.
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