National Day of Prayer, May 3, 2012

Below is a copy of the Presidential Proclamation declaring May 3, 2012 a National Day of Prayer. I have included prayers from Prayers for the Nation.

The Presidential Proclamation has been edited with footnotes which point to the nature of the remarks in the proclamation.  Please READ the footnotes with links and pray for our Nation.

Prayers for Today

Almighty God, You have given us this good land for our heritage. We humbly ask You that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Your favor and glad to do Your will. Bless our land with honorable endeavor, sound learning and pure manners. 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 nations and tongues. Endow 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 on earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble do not allow our trust in You to fail. Amen.

~~ by Thomas Jefferson, taken from “Prayers for Today,” published by Leaflet Missal Co.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
May 01, 2012
Presidential Proclamation–National Day of Prayer 2012
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, 2012
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

Prayer has always been a part of the American story, and today countless Americans rely on prayer for comfort, direction, and strength, praying not only for themselves, but for their communities, their country, and the world.

On this National Day of Prayer, we give thanks for our democracy [1] that respects the beliefs and protects the religious freedom of all people to pray, worship, or abstain according to the dictates of their conscience. [2] Let us pray for all the citizens of our great Nation, particularly those who are sick, mourning, or without hope, and ask God for the sustenance to meet the challenges we face as a Nation. May we embrace the responsibility we have to each other, [3] and rely on the better angels of our nature [4] in service to one another. [5] Let us be humble in our convictions, and courageous in our virtue. Let us pray for those who are suffering around the world, and let us be open to opportunities to ease that suffering.

Let us also pay tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces who have answered our country’s call to serve with honor in the pursuit of peace. Our grateful Nation is humbled by the sacrifices made to protect and defend our security and freedom. Let us pray for the continued strength and safety of our service members and their families. While we pause to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending liberty, let us remember and lend our voices to the principles for which they fought — unity, human dignity, and the pursuit of justice.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 3, 2012, as a National Day of Prayer. I invite all citizens of our Nation, as their own faith directs them, to join me in giving thanks for the many blessings we enjoy, and I call upon individuals of all faiths to pray for guidance, grace, and protection for our great Nation as we address the challenges of our time.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

BARACK OBAMA

 

[1] The United States of America is a Republic not a Democracy. See Declaration of Independence

[2] The HHS Mandate is a direct violation of all American’s First Amendment Rights. See Stand Up for Religious Freedom Fact Sheet

[3] “I want an America where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.” Whole Story and Investors and Fair Share Taxes

[4] Are angels of nature better than the Angels in Heaven created by God?  Are these fallen Angels? LA Times and Fallen Angel Wiki

[5] In service to another?  Not in service or glory to God?

 

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