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Canadian Primate offers prayers for the USA

Canadian Primate offers prayers for the USA

The Most Revd Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has called his Anglican flock to unite in prayer for all of the people of the United States of America.

January 2017

“Lord, keep this nation under your care”

Next week, the eyes and ears of all Americans and indeed many other people around the world will be turned toward Capitol Hill in Washington as Donald Trump takes the Oath of Office as the 45th President of the United States.

Many of course will be rejoicing in his inauguration and eagerly anticipating his administration. Many others are anxious. Given some of the rhetoric in his campaign for election, they are wondering how tolerant he will be of the multi-racial, -cultural and -religious textures with which the fabric of the United States of America is woven.

In the face of an ever-growing gulf between Americans who are rich and Americans who are poor, there is considerable angst as to how the Trump administration will address this concern. Many eagerly await initiatives that will be in the form of laying firm foundations ensuring equality of access to health care, education, and employment opportunities for all Americans.

Mexicans wonder about the nature of future relationships with the United States and so too do many Canadians. World leaders will be watching to see how he takes his place in the gatherings where they take counsel together for peace and security of the world, and for the care of the earth itself.

The motto of the United States is “In God We Trust” – words that inspire the very principles and values upon which that nation is built. In truth they are etched on the soul of America. In the spirit of that confession, people of many faith traditions will be praying in coming days with special intent – for their nation, their new President and his administrative team, and all whom they are called to serve.

On such a historic occasion as Inauguration Day, it is worth noting that every day our brothers and sisters in The Episcopal Church pray,
“Lord, keep this nation under your care and guide us in the way of justice and truth.”

In company with them let us hold in our prayers the United States of America and all for whom, by birth or by choice, it is home.

This was published on the Canadian church’s website.

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Carolyn Sorrell

Your prayers of support for our country are most comforting. Thank you for them.
It is terribly frightening to realize that such a large majority of the US actually did not vote for this to happen. If this can happen here, it can happen anywhere.
Please continue your prayers and your vigilance for the sake of all of humanity... One planet under God, the Source of our Being, with compassion for all of creation.

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Norman Hutchinson

Thank you for your prayers. as a nation we are going to need them even more than ever for the next four years.

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