Independence Day

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP p. 242)

Collect for Independence Day, BCP p. 242

Independence Day is one of two National Holidays recognized as a major feast in the Episcopal Church, with its own readings, collect, and prayers (the other is Thanksgiving Day). 

As Episcopalians, we believe that our national existence always depends on God’s provision and providence. This does not mean we believe our country is more favored than others, rather, we acknowledge that we are dependent on God and give thanks corporately that as a nation, God is at work in our collective life. In this, we can be both proud of what we have accomplished and humble about the work that is left to do. As we pray for this nation, we ask God to move in and through us to accomplish liberty, peace, and justice for all, to hold us to account for the ways we fall short, and to give us strength and courage for the work given to us in these days. 

May you enjoy a joy-filled Fourth of July!