Episcopal Diocese of Washington

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for the world by equipping faith communities,
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Election Day Prayer Presence

As Election Day draws near, national anxiety is understandably rising, given all that we've been through this year and the issues before us as a people.

One antidote to anxiety is prayer. Bishop Mariann is inviting congregations to take part in an EDOW effort to be a prayerful presence at polling stations within our diocesan bounds on Tuesday, November 3. (Leer en español)

We're asking members of our parishes to form small groups that will quietly pray for our democracy and all those exercising their right to vote at the polling station(s) of their choice at a time of their choosing. As we've done with Ashes-to-Go in the past, we'll publish a list of participating parishes on this page.

In order to track and report on this non-partisan prayer presence, we request that you complete the sign up form using the link below.

We ask, too, that each participant e-sign a covenant, committing to be a peaceful, non-partisan presence. Once the covenant has been signed and submitted, a copy will be emailed to the participant.

 

Tracking Form and Covenant

Parish Team Sign Up Form

Covenant for Prayer Team Participants

 

Prayer resources

We will continue to add prayers in the coming weeks.
 

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer

Omnipotente Dios, a quien tenemos que rendir cuentas de todos nuestros poderes y privilegios: Guía al pueblo de este país en la elección de sus gobernantes y representantes, a fin de que, con fidelidad administrativa y leyes sabias, los derechos de todos sean protegidos y nuestro país capacitado para cumplir tus propósitos; por Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.
El Libro de Oración Común
 

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer

Concede, oh Dios, que tu santo y vivificador Espíritu anime de tal manera a todo ser humano especialmente a los habitantes de este país, que se derrumben las barreras que nos dividen, que desaparezcan las sospechas y que cesen los odios; a fin de que, sanadas nuestras divisiones, vivamos en paz y justicia; por Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.
El Libro de Oración Común
 

O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer

Oh Dios, tú nos has unido en una vida común. Ayúdanos para que en medio de nuestras luchas por la justicia y la verdad, nos confrontemos los unos a los otros sin odio ni amargura, y juntos trabajemos con paciencia y respeto mutuos; por Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.
El Libro de Oración Común
 

Download the prayers (English/Spanish)

 

GRAPHICS FOR SIGNAGE

We've created graphics that you can print to use as signs during your prayer witness. 

English
Non-Partisan Election Prayer Station
B&W PDF / B&W PNG
Full color PDF / Full color PNG

Español
Oraciones Electorales No Partidistas
B&W PDF / B&W PNG
Full color PDF / Full color PNG

Bilingual
Non-Partisan Election Prayer Station / Oraciones Electorales No Partidistas
B&W PDF / B&W PNG
Full color PDF / Full color PNG

Participating Parishes

We are grateful for the participation of the following parishes. If you are a member of one of these parishes and would like to participate, please reach out to your parish leadership for details and complete the online covenant above. 

 

 

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