For Morning Prayer today, I decided to do the version for Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday.  I just felt a great need to honor Mary and to pray in a special way for her intercession.  I’ve been getting more and more excited (not necessarily in a good way) about Election Day and about our country in general.  Fortunately, the U.S. couldn’t have a better Patroness: Mary, the Immaculate Conception.  Saying the prayers in her honor, followed by a Rosary, really helped put me at ease.  I found the Psalms to be rather appropriate, as well.

I prayed this one especially on behalf of our civil leaders and those running for office:

Wisdom 9:1-6,9-11

God of my fathers, Lord of Mercy,
You who have made all things by Your word
and in Your wisdom have established man
to rule the creatures produced by You,
to govern the world in holiness and justice,
and to render judgment in integrity of heart:

Give me Wisdom, the attendant at Your throne,
and reject me not from among Your children;
for I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid,
a man weak and short-lived
and lacking in comprehension of judgment and of laws.

Indeed, though one be perfect among the sons of men,
if Wisdom, who comes from You, be not with him,
he shall be held in no esteem.

Now with You is Wisdom, who knows Your works
and was present when You made the world;
who understands what is pleasing in Your eyes
and what is conformable with Your commands.

Send her forth from Your holy heavens
and from Your glorious throne dispatch her
that she may be with me and work with me,
that I may know what is Your pleasure.

For she knows and understands all things,
and will guide me discreetly in my affairs
and safeguard me by her glory.

No matter who becomes president, he will need wisdom from above… I just hope he is open to receiving it.

The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel never hurts, either, especially in these difficult and uncertain times:

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us
in battle, be our protection against the
wickedness and snares of the devil. May
God rebuke him we humbly pray; and
do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host,
by the power of God, cast into hell Satan
and all evil spirits who wander through
the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Now to Evening Prayer!