Bless our beautiful land, O Lord,
with its wonderful variety of people,
of races, cultures, and languages.
May we be a nation
of laughter and joy,
of justice and reconciliation,
of peace and unity,
of compassion, caring and sharing.
We pray this prayer for a true patriotism,
in the powerful name of Jesus our Lord.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu ~
Image, Hands across the divide, Ireland
by Maurice Haron ~