benediction, City of God, God, Hail Mary, Jeffrey N. Steenson, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Mary, Mother of God, Msgr. Steenson, Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for our enemies, prayer, St. Augustine, Virgin Mary
The following Benediction and preamble was recited by Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, Ordinary of Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, at the 8th Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on 20 April 2012 at the Marriot Wardman Park event facility in Washington, D.C.:
Let us turn briefly to prayer… and I would like to offer, to make our dispositions correct and our prayers, this little passage from Book 1 of Saint Augustine’s ‘City of God’ and I think it’s so beautiful for the moment that we face:
Let this pilgrim City of Christ, the King, bear in mind that among her enemies are hidden those who are destined to be Her fellow citizens. That She may not think it a fruitless labor to bear what they inflict on us as enemies until they become confessors of the faith. Even amongst our most avowed enemies there are some now, unknown to themselves, who are destined to become our friends.
O Mighty God, Who hast given us this good land for our heritage, we humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy Will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord and confusion, from pride and arrogancy and from every evil way. Defend our liberties and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. And do with the Spirit of Wisdom those to whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government. That there may be justice and peace at home and that through obedience to Thy law we may show forth Thy praise amongst the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness. And, in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail, all which we ask through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!
Click on this link to see and hear the benediction.