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

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

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 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 Safety from a Natural Cataclysm

Jesus Stilling the Tempest, by Gustave Doré

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

In anticipation of the landfall of Hurricane Dorian

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 . . . → Read More: For Safety from a Natural Cataclysm

For Them That Are Disappeared

Demeter Mourning for Persephone

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

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 unto thee. If they be living, send them thy comfort, and if it be thy . . . → Read More: For Them That Are Disappeared

National Day of Healing

The view from the Lincoln Memorial toward the Washington Monument on August 28, 1963, the date of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. US Government Photo, public domain. From Wikimedia.

O God our Father, whose love reachest to the uttermost parts of the earth: Open our eyes and hearts to . . . → Read More: National Day of Healing

The First Moon Landing

Earthrise over the Moon

For Them that Travel through Space

Written to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the first landing on the Moon, on July 20th, 1969, and the first moon walk on July 21st, 1969.

Almighty God, Father of all mankind, who didst walk before Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden: Be thou our constant guide . . . → Read More: The First Moon Landing

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