We ask for blessings on all those who serve and have served their country in the Armed Forces.
We ask for healing for the veterans who have been wounded, in body and soul, in conflicts around the globe. We pray especially for the young men and women, in the thousands, who are coming home with injured bodies and traumatized spirits. Bring solace to them, O Lord. May we pray for them when they cannot pray.
We ask for an end to wars and the dawning of a new era of peace, as a way to honor all the veterans of past wars. Have mercy on all our veterans. Bring peace to their hearts and to the places where they fought.
(Active duty Marine sniper Jason Pacheco demonstrates use of prosthetic leg modified as a gun mount)
Bless also those who do not fight yet still serve. May their calling to service continue in their lives.
Give us all the creative vision to see a world which, grown weary with fighting, affirms the life of every human being and thus moves beyond war.
We ask this through the most blessed trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever and ever. Amen.