Join us for a special Mass celebrated by Msgr. Jameson at 8am on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20, as we gather in prayer for our country and our new President. At that Mass, you will hear the prayer written below. In observance of the Federal holiday, Masses on Inauguration Day will be celebrated at 8am and 12:10pm only, and there will be no confessions. The parish offices also will be closed.
On this Inaugural weekend, Cardinal Wuerl will celebrate St. Matthew's 5:30pm Vigil Mass on Saturday, January 21 as we continue to lift up our country, our new president, and one another in prayer!
Prayer for our Country
We pray Thee, O God of might, wisdom and justice
through Whom authority is rightly administered,
laws are enacted and judgments decreed,
assist, with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude,
the President of these United States;
that his administration may be conducted in righteousness
and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides,
by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion;
by a faithful execution of the laws of justice and mercy;
and by restraining vice and immorality.
Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress
and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government;
so that they may tend to the preservation of peace,
the promotion of national happiness,
the increase of industry, sobriety and useful knowledge;
and may perpetuate to us the blessings of liberty.
We pray for all who are appointed to guard our political welfare;
that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection,
to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.
We recommend likewise to Thy unbounded mercy all our brethren and fellow citizens
throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge,
and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law;
that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give;
and, after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Abridged from a prayer by Archbishop Carroll, c. 1800.