Sunday, January 2, 2011;
The following is the full text, as prepared for delivery, of Archbishop Donald Cardinal Wuerl's invocation for the inauguration of new D.C. mayor Vincent C. Gray.
Good and gracious God, we who gather today in prayerful recollection for the inauguration of our new mayor, Vincent Gray, do so mindful that we are citizens of a great city that mirrors the rich pluralism and diversity of our country.
We are a people who come together out of multiple backgrounds, ethnic, racial and religious, cultural and social, with varying interests, occupations and manners of living. We ask that you continue to bless our community as we seek always to respect one another.
Bless us with the fruits of your Holy Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, so that we may truly reflect in our lives what we know in our hearts, that we are all brothers and sisters of one another since we are all your children.
On our newly elected mayor, Vincent Gray, who assumes his responsibilities to lead the capital city of the United States, we ask an outpouring of the gifts that are yours alone to give: wisdom and understanding, counsel and fortitude.
May we always see in him dedication to the service of this diverse community and may he always see in us a willingness to work with him.
Make our nation's capital an example of how in a complex, pluralistic, democratic society we can all together work to be that light that shines in the darkness, the city on the mountaintop that says we are everything that our nation's founding documents and her long heritage call us to be.
Grant that Mayor Gray's vision and pledge to make us one city will manifest its truth in all of us so that we work for that unity of purpose.
We ask you, Lord, to bless also the City Council, its new Chairman and all of its members. Endow them with the gifts of vision, patience, perspective and understanding so that in their collaboration this city might experience a growth in harmony and cooperation.
Finally, gracious Lord, we ask that you let the brightness, gentleness and mercy of your countenance shine upon this wonderful city and all of us who see here our home, the dwelling place of our children and, therefore, our future, and the place where our aspirations and dreams can be realized.
Each one of us, out of our various faith traditions and heritages, pray in your most holy Name. Amen.