On this radiant day we give thanks to you, O God,
for the freedom to gather united in prayer.
Strengthen and sustain Barack, our President,
that in the days to come he may lead your people
with confidence and compassion.
Grant patience and perseverance to the people of this Nation.
With malice toward none, with charity for all,
may we strive to finish the work you have given us to do
that we may achieve a just and lasting peace.
In this time of new beginnings, new ventures, and new visions,
light in us the fire of justice, and the passion for forgiveness.
Give us the strength to hold fast to what is good
that we may go forth renewed and committed to make hope a reality. Amen.
Drawn in part from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Here's the closing prayer from today's National Cathedral service by Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church: