Week of June 20, 2021
The District of Columbia
A Prayer for the District of Columbia
Sanctify anew, Thou Ruler of Destiny, this bit of Federal soil which our forefathers set apart from any State to nourish the high mission of our common government. Bless, O Lord, the precious branches planted here:
The deep-rooted responsibility of Law, the even measure of Justice, and the leadership fitly chosen and held aloft before our people.
Grant to all those who serve in this District the same vision that drew Columbus to a new world, and a kindred steadiness of purpose to that of the first President whose name and flag we bear.
So by Thy grace may we be worthy of that special place given to a capital city in Thy holy Name. Amen.
—From “For All the States” by Dean Francis Sayre (1972)