God, You created us endowed with freedom. We give You thanks for giving us another day.
On the eve of America’s national holiday, may all citizens be mindful of the wonder of our Nation’s inception. Men and women of goodwill, from various backgrounds and sections of the colonies, from disparate faith traditions, came together in prayer, and united by a vision of political and economic autonomy, courageously placed their lives, their liberty and their fortunes on the line to found these United States.
May all Americans be renewed in their commitment to our representative government. May each American citizen expect of themselves intelligent participation in the political process, so that the Members of Congress they elect might be statesmen and –women who are able to represent the interests of their constituents while also faithfully honoring their oath to defend the Constitution in doing what is best for our Nation.
In all the celebrations on this holiday, may all that is done be for Your greater honor and glory. Amen.
Prayer offered in Congress by Chaplain, Rev. Patrick Conroy, SJ July 3,2017