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Monday, July 4, 2016

Fourth of July ~ A Prayer For Our Country



Here is a prayer that the Russian priest-martyr, Father Alexander Men, wrote for his city. I've adapted it a bit and offer it on this Independence Day ~ A Prayer for Our Country. For spiritually minded persons, "independence" will signify inner realities: freedom from hatred and prejudice, freedom from addiction and life-denying anxieties, freedom from surfacey living: this-world living, freedom from greed, power-lust and violence. Freedom FOR service.


Lord Jesus Christ!
In this evening hour, in our country,
Where Your blessing rests,
amidst all sufferings, sins and troubles,
You, Who suffered
and assumed all the ills of humankind,
because You loved us,
You, Who have come here,
remain with us.

Lord, You bore the Cross,
Teach us to carry sufferings and burdens
for the sake of our loved ones.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You see our wounds and our weaknesses.
Pour strength into us, make us resilient and vigorous,
worthy witnesses of Your Divine Gospel.

Lord Jesus Christ,
Grant us in those days which You assign us, 
to carry Your Cross as a banner.
Lord Jesus Christ, guide us.

We thank you for everything miraculous,
which You give us in nature, in the temple,
in the Sacrament, in Your Sacred Scripture,
in the writings of people inspired by You,
in our close ones, in our beloved ones,
in everything which occupies us,
concerns us, fascinates us.

For everything we thank You, Lord.
Grant us to be truthful bearers of Your Name. 
Amen


6 comments:

  1. Thank you for the prayer Father. In these times we need it more and more.

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  2. Good thoughts. Let us free ourselves of negativity and burdensome thoughts on this Independence Day so that we might be free to follow Christ in his love and mercy.

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  3. This brought me to reflect on how our independence/freedom is linked with being brave, which then led me to listen to the last verse of The Star Spangled Banner. The flag gave hope in the midst of war and desolation, but the song pays tribute to God's action as well. One stanza states: "Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: In God is our trust." This has reminded me that whatever our struggles, whatever we need to conquer, place your trust in God and BE BRAVE. We are not a God-less nation.

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  4. I never have thought of Jesus as being fascinating. Its a new way for me to look at Him. Hmmm.. Good meditation.

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    1. Thanks for your humble thought. I like it when someone says, "I never have thought..." Our culture is fascinated with guns, clothing trends, celebrities, reality TV, bizarre politics and political figures, electronic games, fun, food, entertainment, pornography. Sad for us - our religion - that we haven't presented Jesus in such a way that people might be fascinated with him - which means seized with imagination. I want to be fascinated with Jesus and his Gospel.

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    2. Thanks for your humble thought. I like it when someone says, "I never have thought..." Our culture is fascinated with guns, clothing trends, celebrities, reality TV, bizarre politics and political figures, electronic games, fun, food, entertainment, pornography. Sad for us - our religion - that we haven't presented Jesus in such a way that people might be fascinated with him - which means seized with imagination. I want to be fascinated with Jesus and his Gospel.

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