Kristallnacht

Jews burned alive

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 and trouble upon thy Chosen People. We are all children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that multitude of people which are like . . . → Read More: Kristallnacht

Anglican Saints and Worthies

Also known as “Saints, Martyrs, Missionaries, and Doctors of the Church of England” and “Saints of the British Isles”

Almighty God, we bless thy Holy Name for all thy saints, and most especially for all the Anglican saints and worthies who have laboured in thy vineyard. Endow us, we beseech thee, with minds clear, . . . → Read More: Anglican Saints and Worthies

For Civility in Politics

Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas Debating at Charleston

Almighty God, giver of all grace: Spare us, in these fractious times, from the distractions of names, and titles of government, and the cries of this party or the other; but with the help of thy Holy Spirit let us stand for justice and mercy and truth and peace and true freedom, that these may . . . → Read More: For Civility in Politics

For an End to Anti-Semitism

Jews burned alive

In memory of those killed in the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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 and trouble upon thy Chosen People. . . . → Read More: For an End to Anti-Semitism

For the Victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

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 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and comfort those who mourn them. Give strength and courage to those who were injured, and bless those who . . . → Read More: For the Victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

For the Victims of Hatred and for the Cessation of Violence

For the Victims of Hatred

Almighty God, Father of all mankind: we beseech thee to turn the hearts of those who through malice and hatred would seek to injure or oppress the stranger, the sojourner, and the Samaritan in our midst; for these are the neighbours whom thou hast commanded us to love, and it . . . → Read More: For the Victims of Hatred and for the Cessation of Violence

For Safety from a Natural Cataclysm

Jesus Stilling the Tempest, by Gustave Doré

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 them that succour those in peril, . . . → Read More: For Safety from a Natural Cataclysm

Star Trek Day

St Sigfrid baptizes the heathen

Almighty Father: Send down, we beseech thee, thy Holy Spirit, the great Dove of the Universe, to inspire us to preach the Gospel both with words and with deeds, both far and near. Let us go forth, both clergy and laity, to seek out new congregations, and to boldly go where no priest has gone . . . → Read More: Star Trek Day

For Them That Are Disappeared

Demeter Mourning for Persephone

Demeter Mourning for Persephone, by Evelyn de Morgan (1855–1919). From Wikipedia.

(This is a day late. The International Day of the Disappeared was yesterday, August 30th.)

O merciful God, who seest all things: Have mercy, we beseech thee, on all them that have been disappeared from us, and whose fate is known only . . . → Read More: For Them That Are Disappeared

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