Here’s a prayer for our political systems from Dan Claude. It would be suitable for use on Canada Day (July 1), Independence Day (July 4), or any other national celebration.
A Prayer for Government
Give the government justice, O God,
and give righteousness and mercy to those who represent us.
Help us strive together for a government that makes justice for all.
God, you demand justice for the poor and deliverance from their needs.
Help us work steadfastly for political systems
that care for the least among us.
God, you call us to be peacemakers in all things, large and small.
Help us to seek peace
and pursue it with all our hearts, minds, and resources.
God of all, give us the courage to speak truth to power.
God of justice, help all those in power to seek truth.
O God, give us the conviction to elect a government
that gives priority to the “least of these.” Amen.
— written by Dan Claude, and posted on the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative website. http://www.msjc.net/
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