We praise you and give you thanks for the family you have called together from so many people. We see in this human family as a reflection of the divine unity of the one Most Holy Trinity in whom we make our prayer. Grant that we may freely choose to die to our self-interest and obey your holy will by defending the lives of the innocent and defending the faith and freedom you have bestowed on us, your children. We ask this through Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.