For Those Who Serve and Protect

Veterans' Center Blessing

Loving God,

We ask your blessing upon this new Veterans' Center of our
University. May this sacred space be a sign of our gratitude
for the young men and women who served us and our nation
in the various branches of the Armed Forces. May the welcome,
guidance and support they receive here make their transition from
military life to academic life a success intellectually, morally
and spiritually, enabling them to live lives for and with others,
creating a civilization of love and peace. We ask this blessing
in your name.

Amen.
 

Al Bischoff, S.J.
 

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For Veterans of Foreign Wars

Loving God,
we remember those who have served our nation
and died to protect
and defend our freedom.
Help us never to forget them
and their efforts to keep us safe.

We honor those who were in combat,
and returned home safely.
May they know our thankfulness.
 

We honor those in the service who supported
our military behind the front lines.
May they know our gratitude. 

We pray for those whose bodies and spirits
are ravaged by war,
whose memories cannot forget the
brutality war inflicts upon others,
whose pain is too deep for others to touch.

Help us find ways to reach out
to our brothers and sisters who have returned from war
and are in psychic pain
so they may know they are important to us.
May we come to know their pain
and be in solidarity with them so
they will not take their own lives.

We pray for those who are in combat today.
Shield them from danger
and bring them home safely and soon.

May we all work to end all wars
and establish a lasting peace
that is built on justice, charity, and mutual understanding.
Help us to live in hope
that your kingdom of heaven
can reign here on earth.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Prayer for Police

Oh Almighty God, whose great power and eternal wisdom
embraces theuniverse.
Watch over all policemen and law enforcement officers.
Father in Heaven please give them the strength,
courage and perseverance to endure
The unjust condemnation, danger, and physical abuse
to which they are at times subjected.
We recommend them to your loving care because their duty is dangerous.
Dear God, grant these brave men your almighty protection,
Unite them safely with their families after duty has ended.

Amen.
 

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Prayers for Our Firefighters and Paramedics

Oh Almighty God, whose great power and eternal wisdom
embraces theuniverse.
Watch over all policemen and law enforcement officers.
Father in Heaven please give them the strength,
courage and perseverance to endure
The unjust condemnation, danger, and physical abuse
to which they are at times subjected.
We recommend them to your loving care because their duty is dangerous.
Dear God, grant these brave men your almighty protection,
Unite them safely with their families after duty has ended.

Amen.

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