A Prayer for Veterans on Veterans Day

US Navy 081111-N-2636M-173 Sailors march and wave to parade onlookers during New York's annual Veterans Day parade

God of peace,
we pray for those who have served our nation
and 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,
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.

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

Spare the poor, Lord, spare the poor!

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

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

— Rev. Austin Fleming. 

[Fr. Fleming is a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston whom I’ve known since August of 1979 when we met at Notre Dame. His blog is on my blogroll on the right side of the page.  Please check it out:  http://concordpastor.blogspot.com]

[This file is a work of a U.S. Navy Sailor —  Mass Comm. Specialist 3rd Class Kleynia R. McKnight — taken during her official duties. Thus the photo is in the public domain.  Thanks to Wikimedia Commons.]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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3 Responses to A Prayer for Veterans on Veterans Day

  1. SaintlySages says:

    Greater love no man has than to lay down his life for his friends (Jn 15:13).

  2. Mike says:

    A lovely prayer. It says it all. Warm regards, Mike

  3. Denise says:

    Precisely what I prayed today, but more eloquently spoken. 🙂

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