Here’s an opening prayer suitable for use on Independence Day (July 4), Canada Day (July 1), or any other occasion of national celebration.
Opening Prayer: Freedom
you have made all of the peoples of the earth for your glory.
You invite us to serve you in freedom and in peace.
Give to the people of our nation a zeal for justice
and the strength for forbearance,
that we may use our liberty
in accordance with your gracious will.
We ask this on a day of celebration,
a day of hope for a nation made free.
We ask this in the name of the one
who welcomes all to be free indeed.
Inspire us to live and worship in your freedom
and for the sake of your Kingdom. Amen.
~ adapted from the Book of Common Prayer
For more resources suitable for national celebrations, click on National Prayers in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page.