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 . . . → Read More: Independence Day

Freedom of the Press Day

Benjamin Franklin at the printing press

Benjamin Franklin at a Printing Press, by E. Boyd Smith (1860–1943), from an illustrated version of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. From Project Gutenberg.

Almighty God, who sendest thy messengers with glad tidings and dire warnings: Watch over thy servants the members of the press, keeping them safe from peril in their . . . → Read More: Freedom of the Press Day

For the Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

Judas Maccabeus before the Army of Nicanor

Judas Maccabeus before the Army of Nicanor (1 Macc. 7:26-32), by Gustave Doré (1832–1883). From Wikimedia.

Merciful God, whose love is ever unfailing and knoweth no bounds: Show thy mercy upon them that have been oppressed and persecuted because of their identity. Succour them in their fight for equality, and turn the . . . → Read More: For the Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

National PTSD Awareness Day (I)

Antonio Canova Madness of Hercules

For Veterans with PTSD

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 . . . → Read More: National PTSD Awareness Day (I)

World Refugee Day

Destruction of Jerusalem

The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans Under the Command of Titus, A.D. 70, by David Roberts (1796-1849). From Wikipedia.

Hear our prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto our cry: We are strangers with thee, and sojourners, as all our fathers were: bondmen whom thou leddest out of oppression . . . → Read More: World Refugee Day

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

Juneteenth

Union soldiers accompanying freed slaves

O Lord God of hosts, who with a mighty arm delivered Israel from bondage in Egypt: Let not our hearts be hardened like Pharaoh’s, but incline our hearts to mercy; that we might fight against slavery of body and mind, and oppression of the soul. Help us to welcome the liberated into the fulness of . . . → Read More: Juneteenth

For the Victims of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Aime Morot Le bon Samaritain

For the Victims of Hatred

Le bon Samaritain (The Good Samaritan), by Aime Morot (1850–1913). From Wikimedia.

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 . . . → Read More: For the Victims of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Memorial Day

Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

From A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors (1941)

I. For Justice and Freedom

O God, the King of righteousness: Lead us, we pray thee, in ways of justice and peace; inspire us to break down all tyranny and oppression, to gain for every man his due reward, and from every man his due service, . . . → Read More: Memorial Day

National Sorry Day

Cornelis van Haarlem Bethlehemse kindermoord

For the Victims of Genocide

The Massacre of the Innocents, by Cornelis van Haarlem (1562–1638). From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, gracious Father: we remember before thee this day all those who have perished in genocides, especially those members of Australia’s Aboriginal People. Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to sear into our memories the story . . . → Read More: National Sorry Day