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Independence Day Prayer of George Washington

Columban Daily Prayer
July 4, 2022

Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage: 
We humbly beseech you that we may always prove ourselves 
a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. 
Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning,
and pure manners. 
Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride 
and arrogance, and from every evil way.

Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people 
the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. 
Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom your Name 
we entrust the authority of government, that there may 
be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience 
to your law, we may show forth your praise 
among the nations of the earth.

In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness 
and in the day of trouble, do not allow our trust in you to fall; 
all this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.


— George Washington