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July 2001

The Father of Our Country
Prays for Our Country

During this period on our national calendar, we look to the past to celebrate the roots of our greatness and forward to the future, when we will make critical decisions either continuing our retreat from that greatness or returning us to our path of greatness. At such a perilous time as this, we can surely benefit from sharing in the following prayer uttered at another perilous time over 200 years ago by the Father of Our Country:

Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy Holy protection; and Thou wilt incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field.

And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the Characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation.

Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Washington' s Prayer for the United States of America appears on a plaque in St. Paul's Chapel in New York City and at Pohick Church, Fairfax County, Virginia, where Washington was a vestryman from 1762 to 1784.