God of all the nations, both large and small, both prosperous and struggling, both powerful and weak, both free and oppressed, we pray that you take special notice of our nation, our homeland, the United States of America.
This Independence Day, this July 4, we join citizens from across our great nation, from sea to shining sea, to celebrate the 245th birthday of the United States of America.
Bless us, Lord, we pray. May our farms be fruitful, our economy be strong, our weather be calm, our streets be safe, our land be secure, our political discourse be civil, our decisions be wise, and our actions be just.
May the United States always be a land where liberty and justice are rights enjoyed by all people, and freedom to express our faith in you is safeguarded.
Grant us the wisdom and insight to realize that the freedom and independence that is ours has not been given so that we can do what we want, but so that we can do what you ask of us – that we act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with you.
God of all the nations, bless the United States. Bless us all on this Fourth of July.
(Written by Fr. Tom Iwanowski)