Praying for Veterans

By the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Special to The Message

U.S. Navy Lt. Fryer Edward Gorman, of the Order of Preachers, preaches to service members during a Catholic Easter sunrise service on the flight line at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, April 12, 2009. Gorman is a chaplain with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chance M. Hiser/Released)

Editor’s note: Join us in saying this prayer from the USCCB as we remember and thank all those who are serving and have served – especially those who gave their lives in defense of our freedom.

Lord God, Almighty Father, creator of mankind and author of peace, as we are ever mindful of the cost paid for the liberty we possess, we ask you to bless the members of our armed forces. Give them courage, hope and strength. May they ever experience your firm support, gentle love and compassionate healing. Be their power and protector, leading them from darkness to light. To you be all glory, honor and praise, now and forever. Amen.