Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving feast

O most merciful Father, who hast blessed the labours of the husbandman in the returns of the fruits of the earth: We give thee humble and hearty thanks for this thy bounty; beseeching thee to continue thy loving–kindness to us, that our land may still yield her increase, to thy glory and our comfort; . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving Day

Veterans Day

Remembrance Day poppy

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead: We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun . . . → Read More: Veterans Day

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

At Election Time

Election Day 1815 by John Lewis Krimmel

Almighty God, who dost hold us to account for the use of all our powers and privileges: Guide, we pray thee, the people of these United States in the election of their rulers and representatives; that by wise legislation and faithful administration the rights of all may be protected, and our nation be enabled to . . . → Read More: At Election Time

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 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

Labor Day

The Sower by Van Gogh

The Sower, by Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890).

O God, who in the beginning didst create the heavens and the earth, and didst appoint unto men their work: Grant to us that whatsoever our hand findeth to do, we may do it with our might; that when thou shalt call thy labourers to give them . . . → Read More: Labor 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

Independence Day

Fourth of July fireworks behind the Washington Monument 1986

Fourth of July fireworks behind the Washington Monument, 1986. Photo by SSgt Lono Kollars, USAF. From Wikimedia.

O Eternal God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old: Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness . . . → Read More: Independence Day