Prayer For President Elect

May leaders of nations have the courage to walk the path of peace together
so that the most vulnerable in their lands may live with dignity and hope. We pray.

May all citizens cast their vote in a spirit of reverence for this right, charity for those they disagree with,
and concern for the good of all as we strive for a more perfect and peaceful union. We pray.

May the Father of all grant us in Christ a spirit of wisdom and understanding,
counsel and knowledge, fortitude, right judgment, patience, and kindness,
as we discern what is good and just and follow our conscience. We pray. Amen

Let us pray for all candidates who desire to serve in our national and local government [silence]:
May all seeking election commit themselves to the common good and encourage a peaceful response
so that our nation may be faithful to its pledge of liberty and justice for all. We pray. Amen

Let us pray for our presidential candidates [silence]:
May those who seek the immense responsibility of the highest office of the United States
know the peace that comes from God alone. May they and their families be protected from harm,
the hearts of their opponents be softened by mercy, the people they seek to lead show them respect,
and may God forgive them and each of us our faults. We pray. Amen

God, I know that I don't have to get angry.
I don't have to get worked up.
I don't have to get depressed.
And I don't have to throw anything at the TV.
I just have to use my conscience and vote.
So help me remember
what Jesus taught in the Gospels,
and what our church teaches,
especially about the poor, the refugee, the migrant,
the sick, the homeless, the unborn, the disabled,
the hungry, the elderly and the lonely.
Help me remember the least among us,
and help me ponder in my heart
how to cast my vote for the good of all. Amen

God, I know that no candidate is perfect,
because I'm not perfect either,
the last time I checked.
So free me of the burden of having to
vote for someone who satisfies
all my desires for a candidate.
My candidate will be imperfect,
like me. Amen

Help me to be grateful for the ability to vote,
because not everyone has that privilege.
And when I meet people voting for someone else,
help me to take a deep breath and
give them the benefit of the doubt,
because they are following their consciences, too.
Help me remember
that even though they sometimes drive me nuts,
I don't have to argue with them,
I don't have to convince them,
I don't have to hate them,
And I don't have to demonize them.

Then, after the election, help me work for unity.
Because I know that's what you want.


We thank you, Father, for this moment. We thank you for your love for us. We ask you, in the name of Christ our Lord, to bless us with His most precious blood, to bless our nation, to bless our world. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

God of mercy, our nation is in a time of great transition.
With all of the injustice and fear in our world today,
we ask you to inspire us and guide us as we participate in the upcoming presidential elections.
We seek a government that upholds and protects human rights and justice for all its citizens,
regardless of race, class, gender, or religion.
Move and inspire us by your presence among us in the most vulnerable in our society.
For their tears are your tears, their pain is your pain, their suffering is your suffering.
In gratitude for the right to vote, we pray. Amen