In the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election

Almighty God, who filled the Apostles with the Holy Ghost by sending cloven tongues like as of fire: Grant that the dumpster fire which is the current manifestation of our nation’s political soul may become a guiding light for the betterment of our nation. Let the enmity burning in the hearts of our citizens become . . . → Read More: In the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election

For the Victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum

O Lord of Hosts, who lookest on the earth, and it trembleth; who touchest the hills, and they smoke: in thy great mercy, soothe the suffering of thy servants devastated by hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Grant peace to them that perished, and comfort to them that mourn them. Defend them from the perils of instability . . . → Read More: For the Victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

In anticipation of Hurricane Matthew

Jesus Stilling the Tempest, by Gustave Doré

For Safety from a Natural Cataclysm

Jesus Stilling the Tempest (Mark iv:39) by Gustave Doré

O God, who makest the clouds thy chariot, and who walkest upon the wings of the wind: Preserve us, we beseech thee, from storm and tempest, earthquake and fire. Keep us safe in our homes, and give strength to . . . → Read More: In anticipation of Hurricane Matthew

Talk Like A Pirate Day

Burning of the USS Philadelphia

For the Navy

Burning of the USS Philadelphia, by Edward Moran (1829–1901). According to Wikipedia, the USS Philadelphia, which had been previously captured by the Tripolitans, was set ablaze after she was boarded by then Lt Stephen Decatur (USN) and 60 men, who then made their escape in the ketch Intrepid, depicted . . . → Read More: Talk Like A Pirate Day

Constitution Day

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States

September 17 is Constitution Day, marking the day of the signing of the document at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. (It took a little over 9 months, until 21 June 1788, for the Constitution to be ratified.) You may notice a familiar phrase towards the end, which is cribbed from the oath of office . . . → Read More: Constitution Day

For All True Martyrs

martyrdom of st stephen by carracci

O Lord God, whose Son hath taught us that the greatest love is to lay down one’s life for one’s friends: we bless thee for the example of all thy martyrs who have answered pride with humility, anger with forgiveness, and hatred with charity. Grant, we beseech thee, that like thy proto–martyr St Stephen, all . . . → Read More: For All True Martyrs

For the Victims of Earthquakes in Italy and Myanmar

Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum

O Lord of Hosts, who lookest on the earth, and it trembleth; who touchest the hills, and they smoke: in thy great mercy, soothe the suffering of thy servants devastated by the earthquakes in Italy and Myanmar. Grant peace to them that perished, and comfort to them that mourn them. Defend the inhabitants of Italy . . . → Read More: For the Victims of Earthquakes in Italy and Myanmar

For the Victims of Flooding in Louisiana

Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum

O Lord of Hosts, who lookest on the earth, and it trembleth; who touchest the hills, and they smoke: in thy great mercy, soothe the suffering of thy servants devastated by the flooding in southern Louisiana. Grant peace to them that perished, and comfort to them that mourn them. Defend the inhabitants of southern Louisiana . . . → Read More: For the Victims of Flooding in Louisiana

For the Victims of the Flooding in Ellicott City

Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum

O Lord of Hosts, who lookest on the earth, and it trembleth; who touchest the hills, and they smoke: in thy great mercy, soothe the suffering of thy servants devastated by the flooding in Ellicott City. Grant peace to them that perished, and comfort to them that mourn them. Defend the inhabitants of Ellicott City . . . → Read More: For the Victims of the Flooding in Ellicott City

For Civil Discourse

Disputation of the Holy Sacrament

Disputation of the Holy Sacrament(frescoe in the Stanza della Segnatura in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican),by Raphael (1483-1520). From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, who spakest to Elijah, not in a strong wind, nor in earthquake, nor in fire, but in a still small voice: Vouchsafe us to refrain our tongues from evil, and . . . → Read More: For Civil Discourse