February 20: Presidents’ Day

Formerly known as Washington’s Birthday, this federal holiday called Presidents’ Day celebrates the contributions of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as well as all our nation’s presidents over the course of our history.

A prayer for today is adapted from George Washington’s Circular Letter to the States, written on June 8, 1783 at Newburgh, New York:

“Almighty GOD; we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection, that thou wilt incline the hearts of citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States of America at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of The Divine Author, and without whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech thee, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.”

For a thoughtful article on four of our Presidents: https://aleteia.org/2022/02/21/catholics-can-look-to-mt-rushmore-this-presidents-day/

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