A Prayer for Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a time for us to acknowledge the millions of Americans who have risked their well-being and their lives to protect our nation. It is a time for us to remember those who have served, those who continue to serve and those who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life for our country.

Expressing gratitude is an important part of Veterans Day and throughout our nation gratitude will be expressed with parades, ceremonies and gatherings. Veterans Day is also about upholding our veterans in prayer and continuing to offer services that help our veterans live a quality life. Let us be mindful. Let us pray.

Prayer for Veterans Day

God of peace,
we pray for those who have served our nation,
who laid down their lives
to protect and defend our freedom...

We pray for those who have fought,
whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war
and whose nights are haunted by memories
too painful for the light of day...

We pray for those who serve us now,
especially for those in harm's way:
shield them from danger
and bring them home,
soon...

Turn the hearts and minds
of our leaders and our enemies
to the work of justice and a harvest of peace...

Spare the poor, O God, spare the poor!

May the peace you left us,
the peace you gave us,
be the peace that sustains,
the peace that saves us.

Christ Jesus, hear us!
Christ Jesus, hear our prayer!

Amen.

(Austin Fleming, a priest and author of the Archdiocese of Boston)