ACTION ITEM! URGENT PRAYER SUGGESTION! Archbp. Carroll’s “Prayer for Government”

Our nation is being torn by organized factions.  The followers of those factions are mostly blind and dim dupes, the ultimate products of a long-targeted education system precisely for these days.  We run the risk of losing all that our forebears won.

Pray in a special way today, Independence Day, and also make acts of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who is the Patroness of these United States.


Everyone, in this time of chaos and mob brutality, please PRAY for government officials.

Fathers, you might want to have everyone pray this after Masses.  This, and other prayers, are deeply needed.

The following prayer was composed by John Carroll, Archbishop of Baltimore, in 1791. He was the first bishop appointed for the United States in 1789 by Pope Pius VI. He was made the first archbishop when his see of Baltimore was elevated to the status of an archdiocese. John was a cousin of Charles Carroll of Maryland, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

For Catholics who love their country!


We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name.

We pray Thee, who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, Pope N.,the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop, N., all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise amongst us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct Thy people into the ways of salvation.

We pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude DONALD J. TRUMP, the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.

We pray for his excellency, the governor of this state , for the members of the assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.

We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.

Finally, we pray to Thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of Thy servants departed who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents, relatives, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation, and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.

I became familiar with this moving prayer at my home parish of St. Agnes in St. Paul (MN) where it was recited after all Masses on civic holidays of the USA, such as 4 July and Thanksgiving.

Americans among the readership might print it and bring it to your parish priests and ask them to use it after Mass on national holidays.

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Continental Congress at Prayer

The opening prayer session of the 1st Continental Congress was about 3 hours long.

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  1. Joy1985 says:

    A beautiful picture of our President and his wife kneeling in prayer. Thank You Lord for them doing this.

  2. Semper Gumby says:

    A great prayer and post Fr. Z.

    Prayers also for Dave Patrick Underwood (FPS), Officer Maximilian Brewer, and retired police captain David Dorn.

  3. SKAY says:

    Thank you Father Z.

    In spite of everything, we are blessed to live in this great country.
    Thankfully we are still a free nation although there are those who would like to change that with their evil foot in the door. I am constantly reminded to pray for our President and our country as I watch the news.

    Happy 4th of July!! Happy Birthday United States of America.

  4. dafrenchman says:

    In the meantime, our local Bishop is supporting BLM

    The reference links are a who’s who of left wing groups… Soros, Naral, ACLU, SEIU, etc.

    I find this very depressing

  5. Semper Gumby says:

    A Happy 4th of July to all. God bless America and long may her flag wave.

    “It is our solemn duty as Catholics, therefore, to be conscious of our duty to America, and to preserve its freedom by preserving its faith in God.” – Bishop Fulton Sheen

    “America is a land of possibility and opportunity.” – Justice Thomas

    Text of the President’s speech last night at Mt. Rushmore:

    The next time you find yourself with a pint of Guinness in hand, raise your glass for Revolutionary War hero Hercules Mulligan.

  6. Joy1985 says:

    Lord PLEASE help the best man win in November to guide our country for the next 4 years.

  7. GHP says:
    September 7, 1774, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, describing the prayer:

    “When the Congress met, Mr. Cushing made a motion that it should be opened with Prayer.
    It was opposed by Mr. Jay of New York, and Mr. Rutledge of South Carolina because we were so divided in religious sentiments, some Episcopalians, some Quakers, some Anabaptists, some Presbyterians, and some Congregationalists, that we could not join in the same act of worship …
    Mr. Samuel Adams arose and said that he was no bigot, and could hear a Prayer from any gentleman of Piety and virtue, who was at the same time a friend to his Country.

    “He was a stranger in Philadelphia, but had heard that Mr. Duche’ deserved that character and therefore he moved that Mr. Duche’, an Episcopal clergyman might be desired to read Prayers to Congress tomorrow morning.

    “The motion was seconded, and passed in the affirmative. Mr. Randolph, our president, vailed on Mr. Duche’, and received for answer, that if his health would permit, he certainly would … Accordingly, next morning Reverend Mr. Duche’ appeared with his clerk and in his pontificals, and read several prayers in the established form, and read the collect for the seventh day of September, which was the thirty-fifth Psalm.

    You must remember, this was the next morning after we heard the horrible rumor of the cannonade of Boston.

    I never saw a greater effect upon an audience.
    it seemed as if heaven had ordained that Psalm to be read on that morning …After this, Mr. Duche’, unexpectedly to every body, struck out into an extemporary prayer, which filled the bosom of every man present.

    I must confess, I never heard a better prayer, or one so well pronounced. Episcopalian as he is, Dr. Cooper himself never prayed with such fervor, such ardor, such earnestness and pathos, and in language so elegant and sublime, for America, for the Congress, for the province of Massachusetts Bay, and especially the town of Boston.
    It has had an excellent effect upon everybody here. I must beg you to read that Psalm.”
    35 Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
    2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
    3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

  8. carndt says:

    Thank you for sharing this with all of us.
    Thank you also as a descendant of Charles Carroll of Carrollton.
    Archbishop John Carroll’s brother was Daniel Carroll, signer of the Constitution.

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