11 September 2001


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...

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 multitude brought here out of many kindreds and tongues.

Endue with the Spirit of wisdom those to whom in 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 fail.

All of which we ask, though Jesus Christ our Lord.

(1979 Book of Common Prayer, 820)