Invocation in Observance of George Washington’s Birthday

O God of all the ages, we invoke your Holy Name
as we celebrate the birthday of our First President, George Washington
in this historic place graced by his presence.
We give you thanks for the courage and wisdom
in helping our nation win its independence
and in guiding it during its most formative years.
Enable us to honor his memory
by remaining true to the ideals
embedded in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights
and in the Constitution of this, our beloved State of Maryland.
Help us to see, as he did, the importance of religion and morality
for the survival and flourishing of democracy.
Give us the wisdom to strive for a unity that transcends narrow interests,
that seeks to protect the human life and dignity of all,
and that creates opportunities for all to use well and wisely their gifts and talents.
Help us to use well and wisely the abundant gifts you have bestowed
upon our Nation and our State.
We make this prayer in Thy Holy Name. Amen.

Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop William E. Lori was installed as the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore May 16, 2012.

Prior to his appointment to Baltimore, Archbishop Lori served as Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., from 2001 to 2012 and as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington from 1995 to 2001.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Archbishop Lori holds a bachelor's degree from the Seminary of St. Pius X in Erlanger, Ky., a master's degree from Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg and a doctorate in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1977.

In addition to his responsibilities in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archbishop Lori serves as Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus and is the former chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.