A Prayer before the Election

Coming from a tradition that carries a significant imperial legacy, both Byzantine and Russian, I composed the following prayer before an election. 

Heavenly King, you are the God who set your people free from captivity to a tyrant and made them your chosen people, a holy nation and royal priesthood. You have restored us to an everlasting life shared with you, our Father, and the Holy Spirit, through baptism, anointing, and your own lifegiving body and blood, shed for the life of the world. As we prepare to elect the leaders of our country, send down the spirit of wisdom, courage, and faith to inform our choice. Open our ears to hear your word, our eyes to see the hungry, naked, and homeless among us, and our wills to feed, clothe, and provide shelter to them. As citizens of your kingdom, we implore you to deliver your justice in our midst. For to you alone belongs all glory, honor, and worship, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.  

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