Constitution Day

Almighty God, Author of our life and liberty: we give thee thanks for the grace which thou bestowedst upon the framers of the Constitution of the United States, and for the enduring resilience of their handiwork. Guided by thy Spirit, these visionaries crafted a document which hath been a beacon of hope and freedom for . . . → Read More: Constitution Day

For the Victims of the Recent Natural Cataclysms

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 floods in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal; by the earthquake in Mexico; by the . . . → Read More: For the Victims of the Recent Natural Cataclysms

For an End to Anti-Semitism

Theresienstadt concentration camp archway

Almighty God, Maker of all things, and Judge of all men: We are all sinners before thee, and equally desirous of thy grace. Embolden our hearts to confront them that would lay scorn trouble upon thy Chosen People. We are all children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that multitude of people which are like the . . . → Read More: For an End to Anti-Semitism

For an End to Racism

The lynching of Thomas Schipp and Abram Smith

Almighty God, Maker of all things, and Judge of all men: We are all sinners before thee, and equally desirous of thy grace. Embolden our hearts to confront them that would judge a man by the color of his skin or by the manner of his speech. Uphold us with thy Holy Spirit as we . . . → Read More: For an End to Racism

In Memoriam Heather Heyer

Heather Heyer

For All True Martyrs

Heather Heyer’s Facebook cover photo from 19 November 2016.

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, especially Heather, who have answered pride with humility, anger . . . → Read More: In Memoriam Heather Heyer

For the Victims of Oppression

Almighty and merciful Father, look favourably upon thy servants who suffer from oppression: whose time, talent, and treasure have been purloined, whose livelihoods have been curtailed, who have endured violence, and whose lives have been taken. Raise them up, and deliver them from the hands of their oppressors. Stir up our hearts, moreover, lest we . . . → Read More: For the Victims of Oppression

For the Victims of the Vehicular Assault in Charlottesville

The Massacre of the Innocents

For the Victims of an Act of Terrorism

Merciful God in heaven: Grant, we beseech thee, peace and rest to those whose lives were taken in the attack in Charlottesville, and comfort those who mourn them. Give strength and courage to those who were injured, and bless those who minister unto them. Grant the people . . . → Read More: For the Victims of the Vehicular Assault in Charlottesville

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