May 30, 2021

2021 Indianapolis 500 Invocation

God of mercy and compassion,
we turn to you now
to call upon your divine assistance.
In the midst of the suffering caused by the global pandemic,
grant us your healing and peace.
Where violence has been experienced in our communities,
lead us to justice and the dawn of a new day.
Strengthen the bonds of love we share with you and one another,
that we may cast aside
any hatred and division that separates us from you.

As we gather for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500,
keep safe the drivers, their teams, the officials, and the fans.
May this great race help us to see your hand at work
in the marvels of human achievement and in honorable competition.
We entrust this day and all our tomorrows
to your providential care,
knowing that your light shines brightest
when we connect all our joys and sorrows
to your holy and perfect will.

On this Memorial Day Weekend,
give eternal rest to those who have died
in their service of our country.
May their sacrifice cultivate gratitude in our hearts
and inspire us to be ambitious for the higher gifts!

And so, God bless those who have died for our freedom.
God bless all those gathered for this the greatest spectacle in racing!
And God bless America!

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