Philadelphia, PA–Second Continental Congress

The second continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia on May 10, 1775, the same day Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen captured Fort Ticonderoga. Recognizing the need for cohesion, the congress named George Washington as general and commander in chief of the colonial army.

George Washington’s prayer for the nation

ALMIGHTY God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in thy holy protection, that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplications, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

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