Monsignor Kieran Harrington, Vicar of Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn and CEO of DeSales Media Group, delivered the invocation on Monday night, July 18, at the Republican National Convention.
Full text of prayer is below. Watch video here.
We ask that you bless and inspire these delegates that their deliberations over these next four days might be earnest and fruitful.
Our forefathers recognized in your Divine plan the freedom you intended for all men and women.
We stand before you contrite for those times in our history where we failed to be the “shining city on the hill” for which you destined our great land.
We humbly give you thanks most especially for those who bravely wear the uniform. Truly there is no greater Love then to lay down ones life for a friend – bless those who endured torture or sacrificed themselves for the freedom of our fellow countryman and those in far flung places around the world.
Inspire us to build a more noble society that reflects your Divine image to a world that is broken and brought low by sin. You have endowed our peoples and nation with the gift of Charity. May we be mindful of those who suffer here and abroad. Father we know that our true citizenship is in your kingdom.
You reminds us that to inherit eternal life we must “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Your son instructs us with the parable of the Good Samaritan as to who is our neighbor. May we defend life when most vulnerable in the womb or in old age, and let us not forget our obligations to the poor and the sick, the prisoner and the alien in our midst.
We make this prayer in your holy name.