4th of July
"Father of all nations and ages, we recall the day when our country claimed its place among the family of nations;
for what has been achieved we give you thanks,for the work that still remains we ask your help,and as you have called us from many peoples to be one nation, grant that, under your providence, our country may share your blessings with all the peoples of the earth.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen."
– Collect for a special Mass for use in the USA on 4 July, Independence Day.
The stars and stripes proudly flying from the mound around the Washington Monument with the dome of the Capitol in the background.