Though celebrations will look different this year due to social distancing requirements, the Missouri Catholic Conference wishes our MOCAN members a safe and happy Independence Day weekend! Our office will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observation of the holiday.
We invite you to take a moment this weekend to pray the same prayer offered in Congress by Chaplain, Rev. Edward G. Latch, D.D. ahead of Independence Day in 1974.
Eternal God, stir our minds and stimulate our hearts with a high sense of patriotism on this Fourth of July. May all that this day symbolizes renew our faith in freedom, our devotion to democracy, and redouble our efforts to keep a government of the people, by the people, and for the people truly alive in our world.
Grant that we may highly resolve on this great day to dedicate ourselves anew to the task of ushering in an era when good will shall live in the hearts of a free people, justice shall be the light to guide their feet, and peace shall be the goal of humankind: to the glory of your holy name and the good of our Nation and of all mankind. Amen.