Prayer of Corazon Aquino on the 2nd Anniversary of the EDSA Revolution
Lord God, look down on us this day, as we gather in this spot where history was made two years ago.
Lord, unless you build our nation we labor in vain who build it.
Lord, unless you protect our people from poverty and its deep and lasting wounds, we labor in vain who try to protect them.
Lord, unless you write the laws in the hearts of men, we labor in vain to enforce them. God of Mercy, God of love, give us the gift of unity, give us the gift of peace.
Look on us, You can see into the depths of every heart, As if we were made of glass.
Look upon those of us who unfortunately believe in violence; and show us the true meaning of the words You spoke in the garden: “Those who take the sword shall perish by the sword.”
Look upon those of us who can only criticize, reminding them of the words of the Prophet: “God is in Heaven, Thou upon earth, Therefore let thy words be few.”
Show us the meaning of the words You gave to us: “There is a time for tearing down; And there is a time for building!
For this is the time to build! Give us the gift of courage! Give us the gift of hope! Give us the gift of joy!
Courage to carry on when everything goes wrong . . . Hope in the day that follows night, the sun after the rain. Joy in everything!
Give us the gift of laughter, so that we bear our troubles and smile through our tears.
Lord God, You helped us on EDSA two years ago and we thank you for helping us all through these difficult two years.
We believe that Your hand has touched us. We believe that you led us out of bondage. We believe that it was You who made us free.
On this our second anniversary, please touch our minds with wisdom. Please touch our hearts with love. Please touch our wills with courage, and make us strong with the strength of God.
We ask You this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
This is the full text of the prayer delivered by President Aquino on the Second Anniversary of the EDSA Revolution on February 25, 1988. Published on officialgazette.gov.ph.