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Heavenly Father,

As our nation decides today who will lead it into the future,
grant that we, your servants, who are charged with the great responsibility of self-governance, may have the strength, courage and fortitude to defend our faith, and work always to uphold laws and values that ensure the religious freedom of all your people.

May those who are charged with publ ic service always respect those who hold and teach the Catholic faith; and never seek to use their authority to prevent your servants from doing noble work in the name of your son Jesus Christ.

We thank you, Lord, for the blessings of Liberty afforded to us by your providence and ask your guidance this day and always to guide our leaders and our people, that we may continue to be a symbol in this world for tolerance, the rights of conscience and the unrestrained ability to praise you in word and deed.

We ask this in the name of your son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you forever. Amen.

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