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

Yom HaShoah (יום השואה)

Theresienstadt concentration camp archway

For the Victims of Genocide

Almighty God, gracious Father: we remember before thee this day all those who have perished in genocides, especially those who died in the Shoah. Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to sear into our memories the story of their peril, lest we forget their anguish and tribulations. Embolden us with thy Holy . . . → Read More: Yom HaShoah (יום השואה)

The Liberation of Dachau

Theresienstadt concentration camp archway

For the Victims of Genocide

The Theresienstadt concentration camp archway. From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, gracious Father: we remember before thee this day all those who have perished in genocides, especially those who died in the Shoah. Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to sear into our memories the story of their peril, lest we forget . . . → Read More: The Liberation of Dachau

Denim Day

Susanna and the Elders Artemisia Gentileschi

Susanna and the Elders, by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1656), the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence. From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, who seest all things, and knowest all that men do: Comfort and strengthen all them that have been sexually assaulted in any degree. Make us . . . → Read More: Denim Day

Earth Day

John Constable Extensive Landscape with Grey Clouds

For Stewardship of God’s Creation

Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth, who hast given unto man dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth: Make us to be diligent . . . → Read More: Earth Day

For the Victims of the Church Bombings in Sri Lanka

The Massacre of the Innocents

Merciful God in heaven: Grant, we beseech thee, peace and rest to those whose lives were in the church bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Day, and comfort those who mourn them. Give strength and courage to those who were injured, and bless those who minister unto them. Grant our nation the resolve to carry . . . → Read More: For the Victims of the Church Bombings in Sri Lanka

First Contact 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: First Contact Day

Daylight Saving Time Sunday

Pythagoreans celebrate sunrise

Almight God, Father of mercies and giver of all comfort: Deal graciously, we pray thee, with all those who mourn the loss of an hour and dread the earlier coming of thy most bright and glorious morning light; that, casting every care on thee, they may know the consolation of thy love and tender mercies . . . → Read More: Daylight Saving Time Sunday

International Women’s Day

Peter von Cornelius The Three Marys at the Tomb

O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast given us a wonderful example of faith and obedience in the person of thy blessed Mother Mary: Grant us to see her image in all women, that we should treat them with honor and respect; and likewise vouchsafe to endow all women with the strength and courage of thy . . . → Read More: International Women’s Day

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

For a Civl Rights Worker

Photo of Frederick Douglass by George Kendall Warren. From the National Archives and Records Administration, National Archives Identifier (NAID) 558770., Public Domain, courtesy Wikimedia.

Almighty God, father of all mercies: We bless thy name for those who work to make justice a reality for all of thy children, . . . → Read More: Frederick Douglass