Constitution Day and Citizenship Day 2013

Constitution_Pg1of4_ACThe signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 15, 1787, is commemorated on Constitution Day. Citizens, both native-born and naturalized, are honored on Citizenship Day, which also occurs on September 15th.

It is fitting that these two observances take place on the same day because it is up to the citizens to ensure that the Constitution continues to be the law of the land.

The Constitution has served us well for 226 years. We, the citizens, need to watch what our government is doing and take action when the federal government extends its authority beyond that assigned to it in the Constitution.

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 favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Guide us as citizens in our duty to elect the right people to protect and preserve the Constitution and keep this country the land of liberty. 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. (adapted from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.)

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