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

World Refugee Day

Destruction of Jerusalem

The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans Under the Command of Titus, A.D. 70, by David Roberts (1796-1849). From Wikipedia.

Hear our prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto our cry: We are strangers with thee, and sojourners, as all our fathers were: bondmen whom thou leddest out of oppression through . . . → Read More: World Refugee Day

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

Memorial Day

Decoration Day

I. For Justice and Freedom

O God, the King of righteousness, lead us, we pray thee, in ways of justice and peace; inspire us to break down all tyranny and oppression, to gain for every man his due reward, and from every man his due service; that each may live for all and . . . → Read More: Memorial Day

For the Victims of Flooding in Ellicott City

Jesus Stilling the Tempest, by Gustave Doré

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

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. Defend them from the perils of instability as they . . . → Read More: For the Victims of Flooding in Ellicott City

Towel Day

Towel Day

Towel Day, May 25th, commemorates the life and work of Douglas Adams.

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 . . . → Read More: Towel Day

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 2018

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 2018

International Workers’ Day

Pieter Bruegel the Elder The Harvesters

Almighty God, who hast given unto us the Sabbath to be a day of rest, and who hast promised to be a swift witness against them that oppress the hireling in his wages: In thy mercy, grant the labourer to be strong, and let not his hand be weak, and let his work be rewarded. . . . → Read More: International Workers’ Day