International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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

September 17 is Constitution Day, marking the day of the signing of the document at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. (It took a little over 9 months, until 21 June 1788, for the Constitution to be ratified.) You may notice a familiar phrase towards the end, which is cribbed from the oath of office . . . → Read More: Constitution Day

Towel Day

Towel Day

Towel Day, May 25th, commemorates the life and work of Douglas Adams. This collect was first used on Sunday, May 27th, the Feast of Pentecost.

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 . . . → Read More: Towel Day

May the Fourth

The crossing of the red sea

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 Lord. Amen.

Written . . . → Read More: May the Fourth

For the Awakening of the Force of Righteousness

The Pilgrim's Progress by Byam Shaw

Within Sight of the City to Which They Went, from The Pilgrim’s Progress, illustrated by Byam Shaw (1872–1919).

Inspired by the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and by the Choirmaster-Organist’s post-service voluntary, “Atrio solii”, a tour–de–force transcription of the final cue from John Williams’s score for Star Wars: A New Hope (entitled . . . → Read More: For the Awakening of the Force of Righteousness

For a Sports Team (such as the Ravens…)

Raven (Plate CI) from Birds of America by John James Audubon

A week and a half ago, we published a Collect for the Ravens, in anticipation of their glorious win during the AFC Championship game with the New England Patriots. We’ll publish it again Sunday, as we cheer our team on during the . . . → Read More: For a Sports Team (such as the Ravens…)

A Collect for Towel Day

Towel Day, May 25th, commemorates the life and work of Douglas Adams. This collect was first used on Sunday, May 27th, the Feast of Pentecost.

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 . . . → Read More: A Collect for Towel Day

A Collect for a Sports Team

This collect was originally written in anticipation of the Ravens’ participation in the Playoffs on Sunday, 22 January 2012, and it was used at all three services that day. It is reproduced here in a more generic form, suitable for use for any team in any sport.

Raven (Plate CI) from Birds of . . . → Read More: A Collect for a Sports Team