Archbishop Demetrios of America Offers Invocation at Democratic National Convention
Aug 28, 2008
New York, NY - Archbishop Demetrios of America, head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, offered the Prayer of Invocation at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday afternoon, August 27, 2008, at the session during which the official nominations for President and Vice President of the United States took place. Archbishop Demetrios was invited to offer the Prayer by the Democratic National Convention Committee.
In his Prayer, Archbishop Demetrios included all of the participants of the Convention saying, “Almighty God… Guide the work of all the delegates who have assembled here as they vigorously promote the institutions of our democracy. Remember, Lord, Your servants who will be nominated as candidates for the highest offices of our land. Bless them and grant them strength and wisdom, as they work for our nation, and for its great mission among the nations of the Earth. ” (FULL TEXT BELOW)
On Tuesday evening, the day before the Invocation, Archbishop Demetrios met privately with Vice President Nominee Sen. Joe Biden for a brief discussion of issues addressed in previous meetings between the two. During his visit to Denver the Archbishop also met with members of congress and other state and government officials.
Archbishop Demetrios has also been invited to offer a prayer on Thurs., September 4, at the Republican National Convention which will take place in Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN on September 1 – 4, 2008.
Invocation of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America
At the 45th Democratic National Convention
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 -- Denver, Colorado
Let us bow our heads in prayer.
Almighty God, the Giver of all that is good and true and noble, we bow our heads before You in thanksgiving for bringing us together at this Democratic National Convention. We offer thanks to You for the great gift of liberty and for the privilege of being residents and citizens of a nation that is called to be a model of justice, peace, and the rule of law. As we give thanks for these blessings, we humbly beseech You, Lord, to remember all of those who have given their lives in defense of these ideals over the course of our Nation’s history, so that through their sacrifices we may partake of the fruits of freedom which we enjoy today.
Guide the work of all the delegates who have assembled here as they vigorously promote the institutions of our democracy. Remember, Lord, Your servants who will be nominated as candidates for the highest offices of our land. Bless them and grant them strength and wisdom, as they work for our nation, and for its great mission among the nations of the Earth. Let them be guided by Your merciful hand, and thus contribute to the peace, prosperity, and security of our country and our world; for You are the source of these great blessings, and to You belong glory and thanksgiving, now and forever and ever. Amen.
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