National PTSD Awareness Day (I)

Antonio Canova Madness of Hercules

Hercules Firing Arrows at His Children, by Antonio Canova (1757—1822). Source unknown.

Almighty Father, our help and our shield: look with mercy upon thy servants who have suffered in the service of our country. Soothe their distress, and grant them a sure recovery from the wounds of heart and mind and spirit. Grant also . . . → Read More: National PTSD Awareness Day (I)

Summer Solstice

Appearance of Christ to the People

O Lord Christ, who wast born in the bleak mid-winter, and yet was the Light of the world: shine thy love upon us even as the mid-summer sun shone upon the birth of thy cousin blessed John Baptist; and enkindle faith in our hearts, that we may join him in preparing thy way, even as . . . → Read More: Summer Solstice

Juneteenth

Union soldiers accompanying freed slaves

O Lord God of hosts, who with a mighty arm delivered Israel from bondage in Egypt: Let not our hearts be hardened like Pharaoh’s, but incline our hearts to mercy; that we might fight against slavery of body and mind, and oppression of the soul. Help us to welcome the liberated into the fulness of . . . → Read More: Juneteenth

A Collect for D-Day

Soldiers resting on Omaha Beach

Almighty and All-Terrible God, Creator of all the world and Father of all men: we thank thee for the strength and courage of all those who planned and participated in the assault of Normandy on D-Day, and particularly for the valour of those who sacrificed their lives in the service of God and country. Grant . . . → Read More: A Collect for D-Day

National Sorry Day

The Massacre of the Innocents

For the Victims of Genocide

The Massacre of the Innocentsby Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1525?–1569)

Almighty God, gracious Father: we remember before thee this day all those who have perished in genocides, especially those members of Australia’s Aboriginal People. Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to sear into our memories the story of their peril, lest . . . → Read More: National Sorry Day

Towel Day

Towel Day

The Holy Spirit, by Giaquinto Corrado (1703-1765). From Wikimedia.

O Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, whose angels tell us to fear not, nor be dismayed: We beseech thee that we may always know the presence of thy Holy Comforter; that we should not panic in the face of all the . . . → Read More: Towel Day

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars

The Massacre of the Innocents

For the Victims of Genocide

The Massacre of the Innocentsby Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1525?–1569)

Almighty God, gracious Father: we remember before thee this day all those who have perished in genocides, especially those Tatars who were deported from the Crimea by the Soviet regime. Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to sear into our memories . . . → Read More: Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars

Dame Julian of Norwich

Lady Julian Of Norwich

Lady Julian Of Norwich, by Stephen Reid (1873–1948).

Lord God, who in thy compassion didst grant to the Lady Julian many revelations of thy nurturing and sustaining love: Move our hearts, like hers, to seek thee above all things, for in giving us thyself thou givest us all; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who . . . → Read More: Dame Julian of Norwich

May the Fourth

Rey takes Luke Skywalker's light sabre from Kylo Ren

May the Fourth

Almighty God, King of Heaven: Grant, we beseech thee, that as we go forth against the forces of darkness, so we may be prevented by the force of thy Holy Spirit and all the heavenly host; that at the last we may enter into the Kingdom of Peace; through Jesus Christ our . . . → Read More: May the Fourth

National Day of Prayer 2019

Almighty God, unto whom our prayers rise as the incense of the evening sacrifice: Inspire us with thy Holy Spirit, that our prayers may be right and good in thy sight, and worthy of thy lovingkindness. Direct our hearts to pray for the well-being of others: for them that are down-trodden, that their suffering may . . . → Read More: National Day of Prayer 2019