Prayer for the Inauguration (2017)

Education for Justice | Wed, Dec 7, 2016

By Jane Deren, Ph.D.
Source: Education for Justice

This prayer refers to our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution as we mark the transition of power in our country.

Copyright © 2016, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

God, bless this country as we mark a new administration.

Some are jubilant, some in anguish, and we all seek direction

And your guidance in restoring the bonds of community

And the will towards the Common Good as we move forward.


Help us all to commit to peaceful gatherings and celebrations,

To deep reflection, and to respectful dialogues

During this transition of government in the U.S.,

So our country can begin to heal from division and distrust And so we may begin to find our way

Toward a truly just and peaceful society.


God, bless all newly elected and newly appointed officials:

Guide them to consider the sacred inalienable rights of every person

As they deliberate and decide on policies and programs

That will touch so many lives in these states

Which so need to be united once again in common purpose:

That every person in this land is recognized as created equal,

And that in order to form a more perfect Union,

We must, as our Constitution directs us,

Establish justice, promote domestic tranquility,

And the general welfare of the entire community,

In order to secure Your blessings

On this land and on all who live here.

Lord, hear our prayers. Amen.


— Jane Deren, Ph.D.

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