Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

All-powerful Father,
today we rededicate ourselves to your service,
and to the works of justice and freedom for all.
as you have called us from many people
to be one nation,
help us to give witness in our lives
and in our life as a nation
to the rich diversity of your gifts.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

---opening prayer, Mass: Independence Day; and feast of Saint
Elizabeth of Portugal

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