Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,
Blessed 4th of July Weekend! This weekend I want to share the powerful Mass prayers used on the 4th of July in parishes in the United States. May these prayers on behalf of our country be our own!
Father of all nations and ages,
we recall the day when our country
claimed its place among the family of nations;
for what has been achieved we give you thanks,
for the work that still remains we ask your help,
and as you have called us from many peoples to be one nation,
grant that, under your providence,
our country may share your blessings
with all the peoples of the earth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Prayer over the Offerings
Father, who have molded into one our nation,
drawn from the peoples of many lands;
grant, that as the grains of wheat become one bread
and the many grapes one cup of wine,
so before all others be instruments of your peace.
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.
He spoke to us a message of peace
and taught us to live as brothers and sisters.
His message took form in the vision of our founding fathers
as they fashioned a nation where we might live as one.
His message lives on in our midst as our task for today
and a promise for tomorrow.
Prayer after Communion
May the love we share in this Eucharist, heavenly Father,
flow in rich blessing throughout our land
and by your grace may we as a nation
place our trust in you
and seek to do your will.
Through Christ our Lord.