Please Pray this Special Christmas Prayer for Our Police, and our Men and Women in Uniform


Christmas is a season of joy, love, and hope. For many of us, it’s a time to gather around the dinner table with our loved ones, exchange gifts, and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. However, there are those who, even on Christmas Day, are out there protecting us, keeping the peace, and ensuring our safety. These are our police officers and other men and women in uniform, including the military and firefighters. The call to support and pray for them isn’t just a matter of goodwill; it’s a Christian obligation deeply rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Duty to Pray for Others

First and foremost, praying for others is not optional for Catholics. It’s what we are called to do. The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly states, “Intercession is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as Jesus did. He is the one intercessor with the Father on behalf of all men, especially sinners” (CCC 2634). This universal teaching nudges us to remember others in our prayers, especially those in need of spiritual or physical support.

Jesus Himself shows the importance of praying for others. In the Gospel of John, He prayed for His disciples saying, “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours” (John 17:9). If Jesus, who is God, felt the need to intercede for His disciples, how much more should we feel called to pray for our fellow men and women?

The Special Role of Police and Uniformed Services

Now, why should we direct our prayers specifically toward police officers and men and women in uniform during Christmas? Well, these individuals play a unique role in society, one that is often fraught with danger, moral dilemmas, and immense responsibility. These are the people who walk towards the danger when everyone else is running away from it.

They also have duties that align with the values of the Catholic Church. The Catechism states that “Those who are sworn to serve their country in the armed forces are servants of the security and freedom of nations. If they carry out their duty honorably, they truly contribute to the common good of the nation and the maintenance of peace” (CCC 2310). Similar virtues can be ascribed to the police force, who are often the first line of defense in maintaining peace and order within communities.

The Christian Perspective on Law Enforcement and Military Service

It is often a theological opinion, rather than a universal Church teaching, to assert that police officers and military personnel are modern-day “soldiers” in the mold of the Roman centurion who approached Jesus with great faith (Matthew 8:5–13). However, the Catechism of the Catholic Church does acknowledge the legitimate role of armed forces and law enforcement in society. It says, “Public authority has the right and duty to punish malefactors by means of penalties commensurate with the gravity of the offense. Public authority should make reparation for the victims of criminals” (CCC 2266). This echoes St. Paul’s teaching in Romans 13:4, where he says that the one in authority “is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain.”

A Special Christmas Prayer

With these thoughts in mind, let us consider praying the following special prayer during the Christmas season. Please note that this prayer is not an official liturgical text but a heartfelt plea from the faithful:

Dear Heavenly Father,

On this holy day when we celebrate the birth of Your Son, Jesus Christ, we lift up in prayer our brothers and sisters in uniform, our police officers, firefighters, and military personnel.

Lord, bless them with courage to face the challenges and dangers they encounter daily. Keep them safe, give them the strength to carry on their duties diligently, and let them always be guided by justice and mercy.

We pray that they are always shielded by Your grace, as they work to protect us and to preserve peace. May they find support and love in their own families and friends, especially during this time when many of them cannot be home for Christmas.

In Jesus' name, we pray.



Prayer is a powerful tool, and when directed towards our men and women in uniform, it becomes a form of support that transcends any physical gift. So, this Christmas, as we celebrate the wondrous birth of our Lord and Savior, let’s remember those who sacrifice their own comfort, time, and even lives to ensure ours. Your prayers may be the very gift that someone so desperately needs. After all, the best way to celebrate the Prince of Peace is to pray for those who strive to keep it.

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Note: While content aims to align with Catholic teachings, any inconsistencies or errors are unintended. For precise understanding, always refer to authoritative sources like the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Always double-check any quotes for word-for-word accuracy with the Bible or the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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