A Prayer from the Standing Committee
We encourage the people of our diocese to pray for our nation on this day when we are plagued with much discord and violence. Pray for the safety of our elected officials, those protecting them, and the innocent bystanders at our nation's capital, and to soften the hearts of those who would incite terror in order to make their voices heard.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Prayer for Our Country, BCP 820)
~The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee