• Intercessions and prayer for after the elections 2016

    By Diana Macalintal | DMacalintal@dsj.org | on November 11, 2016

    Here are some intercessions and prayers for these days after the election that you can select from and adapt for use in your Sunday and weekday Masses and in your own personal prayers.

    (Click here to download these prayers as a Word file)

    Sample intercessions for after the Election
    Diana Macalintal

    Let us pray for the world and all its leaders [silence]:
    May leaders of nations work together for lasting peace
    so that healing and justice may arise over all the earth. We pray.

    Let us pray for our nation in this time of reflection, turmoil, and transition [silence]:
    May each of us in the United States soften our hearts with kindliness
    that we may listen to one another with respect, express our thoughts with humble clarity,
    and always seek the good in the other as we strive to form a more perfect union. We pray.

    Let us pray for all Christians and people of faith and goodwill [silence]:
    May we never lose hope in the mercy of God even in the midst of chaos,
    and may we never tire of doing good for the sake of the Gospel. We pray.

    Let us pray for all who have been elected to serve in our national and local government [silence]:
    May those chosen to carry the burden of office be given wisdom to know what is right and just
    and be strengthened to always work for the common good. We pray.

    Let us pray for those who competed for the office of President of the United States [silence]:
    May those who lost be consoled and their hearts be filled with peace
    so that they may persevere in serving the people of our nation in new ways. We pray.

    Let us pray for our president-elect who now must carry this immense responsibility [silence]:
    May God give him eyes to see a path toward unity for a people deeply divided;
    ears to listen to good counsel and hear the voice of the oppressed;
    a heart humbled and opened by the weight of this office;
    and a spirit of service to all people of this land. We pray.

    Let us pray for reconciliation among families and friends divided [silence]:
    May we learn to love each other despite our differences
    and focus on the work that continues beyond this election:
    the work of unity, respect for one another and for all life, and peace in our world. We pray.

    Let us pray for the ones most affected by the choices we have made [silence]:
    In all we do, may we keep the merciful face of Christ ever before us
    who is seen in those who are poor, refugees, or migrants,
    those who are sick or without homes, those without food or meaningful work,
    those unborn, those on death row, and those whose lives are unvalued. We pray.

     

    Prayer after an election
    from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, USCCB

    Father of the human family,
    we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise
    and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy
    in these United States of America.

    We ask for your protection and guidance
    for all who devote themselves to the common good,
    working for justice and peace at home and around the world.

    We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants,
    those who will serve us as president, as legislators and judges,
    those in the military and law enforcement.
    Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord,
    with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice
    in the years ahead for all people,
    and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.

    Amen.