Today, the Diocese of Virginia sent out the following statement from our Bishops. We want to share it here with you.

October 4, 2013   

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The partial shutdown of the federal government is far more than an issue of partisan politics. It has produced spiritual and economic consequences all over the country, including our own Diocese. From federal workers in Northern Virginia to National Park Service employees in the Shenandoah Valley to custodians of our nation's history, from Richmond to the Northern Neck, our brothers and sisters are facing difficult challenges. 

We join with you in praying for a rapid and fair resolution of these issues, and for the care and comfort of those whose livelihoods have been directly or indirectly affected. We pray that from these frustrating days of partisan deadlock a new spirit of reconciliation will be born.

Faithfully,

The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston 

The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff 

The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. Gulick Jr. 

Collect: For Our Country

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our

heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove

ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will.

Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and

pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;

from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend

our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes

brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue

with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust

the authority of government, that there may be justice and

peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we

may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth.

In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,

and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail;

all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.