I met a fellow who has just come back from serving in Iraq. He is a Marine. I thanked him for his service, and said that even though I may not agree with the war, I respect and thank all the servicemen and servicewomen who are fighting for our country. I told him “God Bless you.” He said thank you, and he was happy that somebody appreciates his service, because not a lot of people do. I said that I offer my Communion for the servicemen and servicewomen sacrificing their lives for our country. I told him that I would pray for him. He said he is back right now (and even though he probably will have to go over again), he wants prayers for his friends who are there right now. Please pray for Ryan, a Marine in Cleveland, Ohio, and for his fellow Marines, Soldiers, and Sailors who are fighting for our country. By the way, Ryan is a Catholic, and he said that he will attend Mass at my parish this weekend. :blessyou: :gopray2: :bible1:
My prayers for all servicemen and women everywhere - let’s not forget the other parts of the world where our uniformed guys and gals may find themselves.
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Thank you! God Bless you.
Prayer for the Army
Lord God of hosts, stretch forth, we pray, your almighty arm to strengthen and protect the soldiers of our country. Support them in the day of battle, and in the time to test and training keep them safe from all evil. Endow them with courage and loyalty; and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach; throug Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the Marine Corps
Eternal Father, we commend to your protection and care the members of the Marine Corps. Guide and direct them in the defense of our country and in the maintenance of justice among the nations. Sustain them in the hour of danger. Grant that wherever they serve they may be loyal to their high traditions, and that at all times they may put their trust in you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the Navy
Eternal Lord God, you alone spread out the heavens and rule the raging sea. Take into your most gracious protection our country’s Navy and all who serve therein. Preserve them from the dangers of the sea and grom the violence of the enemy, that they may be a safeguard unto the [state the name of the country e.g. United States of America, and a security for such as sail upon the seas in peaceful and lawful missions. In serving you, O Lord, may our sailors serve their country; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
**Prayer for the Air Force
Lord God of hosts, you stretch out the heavens like a curtain. Watch over and protect, we pray, the airmen of our country as they fly upon their appointed tasks. Give them courage as they face the foe, and skill in the performance of their duty. Sustain them with your everlasting arms. May your hand lead them, and your right hand hold them us, that they may return to the earth with a grateful sense of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the Coast Guard
Lord our God, who stilled the raging of the seas by your word of power; watch over, we pray you, the men and women of the Coast Guard as they sail upon their missions of vigilant aid. Grant them courage and skill and a safe return. Fill them with a grateful sens of your mercy toward them; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ARMED WITH FAITH
A Catholic Handbook for Military Personnel
Reverend Daniel R. Sweeney, S.J.
Chaplain, Captain, U.S. Air Force Reserve
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and distributed in collaboration with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
Note: Prayer for the Navy; left the country for the person of that origin, since the original is for the United States of America.
Lord, please bless Ryan and his fellow servicemen, and protect them. Grant them peace and the deepest faith in you. Help them to keep faithful and in a state of grace. Thank you, Lord, for hearing my prayer.