Archbishop Demetrios Benediction Democratic Convention
- One of our members brought this benediction to our attention earlier, this
is the first publication of it that I have seen - so I am sending it to our
mission list as well. - Fr JB+
For Immediate Release
August 3, 2004
BENEDICTION OF HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS OF AMERICA AT THE
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
New York, NY - His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America offered the
Benediction at the Democratic National Convention in Boston on Wednesday
evening, July 28th. Invited to offer the Benediction following the
nomination of Senator John Edwards as Vice President, His Eminence flew to
Boston following an evening program of the 37th Biennial Clergy-Laity
Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America being held in New York
City and returned to the Congress for Thursday's final Plenary session and
Grand Banquet. Following is the text of the Prayer:
"Let us bow our heads to the Lord.
Heavenly King, Maker of all things and Father of all humanity, we bow our
heads before you in deepest gratitude for the countless blessings which You
bestow continually upon our great nation.
We thank You for the bounties of our land, for the stability of our society,
and for the diversity of our American people. And above all, we thank You
for the inestimable gift of freedom and for the glorious ideals of human
dignity, equality, and justice for all, which have been inspired by Your
This legacy of liberty, O Lord. Is ours today because of the sacrifice and
service of the founders of our nation. Bless, O God, their memory with an
everlasting blessing, and inspire us with an equal measure of dedication to
the institutions and ideas of democracy.
Send Your mercies upon this Convention, and upon all the delegates who have
been gathered here to carry out these noble ideals by selecting candidates
for the highest offices of our land. Bestow upon your servants, Senator
John Kerry and Senator John Edwards, strength from above and profound wisdom
to bear well the awesome responsibilities of their candidacy. Grant them
keen discernment and brotherly love, so that they may bring honor to our
democratic institutions, in properly understanding and handling issues of
vital importance for our society.
Enlighten your servants, so that they may confirm the precious value of
liberty. May the work of these candidates and of this Convention advance
our blessed American legacy far into the future, through works of social
progress, deeds of righteousness, and acts of justice.
Establish our land in peace, O Lord. Protect the poor, nourish the hungry,
strengthen the weak, vindicate the oppressed, support the youth, make firm
our families, preserve and guard our armed forces who stand in harm's way on
behalf of us all, heal the wounds of war, and inspire all people with the
ideals of human freedom and dignity, from sea to shining sea, and throughout
the whole world.
And to You be the glory forever. Amen."
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