July 4, 2021

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4 July
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
6th Sunday after Pentecost

Ordinary Form
Ezekiel 2,2-5
Psalm 123,1-2,2,3-4
2 Corinthians 12,7-10
Mark 6,1-6
Extraordinary Form
Romans 6,3-11
Psalm 89,13.1
Mark 8,1-9

A Prayer by George Washington

“I now make it my earnest prayer,
that God would have the United States in his holy protection,
that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens
to cultivate a spirit
of subordination and obedience to Government,
to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another,
for their fellow citizens of the United States at large,
and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field,
and finally,
that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all,
to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves
with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind,
which were the characteristics
of the Devine Author of our blessed Religion,
and without a humble imitation
of whose example in these things,
we can never hope to be a happy Nation.
Grant our supplication,
We beseech Thee,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

This prayer is read aloud each day at Mount Vernon's public wreath laying ceremony. It is adapted from Washington’s Circular Letter to the States, which he wrote on June 8, 1783 as the commander in chief, at his headquarters in Newburgh, New York. This circular was directed to the governors and states of the new nation. His reference to them has been replaced by the words “the United States.” Otherwise, the words and the spellings are those of General George Washington of the Continental Army.

God bless these United States.

Fr. Christopher J. Pollard