Altar Flowers — Epiphany II, Lee-Jackson Day, 19 January 2020

Altar Flowers — Epiphany II, Lee-Jackson Day

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God by Lt Col John Zebelean in memory of General Robert E. Lee.

Altar Flowers — Epiphany II, Lee-Jackson Day, 19 January 2020. The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God by Lt Col JOhn Zebelean in memory . . . → Read More: Altar Flowers — Epiphany II, Lee-Jackson Day, 19 January 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Martin Luther King memorial Westminster Abbey

For a Civl Rights Worker

Martin Luther King memorial, sculpted by Tim Crawley, installed in 1998 over the west entrance of Westminster Abbey. From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, father of all mercies: We bless thy name for those who work to make justice a reality for all of thy children, especially thy servant Martin. . . . → Read More: Martin Luther King, Jr Day

For New Year’s Eve

O God, who in the beginning of all things didst create heaven and earth: Grant that at this beginning of the year we may create a world filled with compassion and kindness, with mercy and forgiveness, with beauty and wonder; and help us, we beseech thee, to prepare for that last day when thy Son . . . → Read More: For New Year’s Eve

For Black Friday / Cyber Monday

Hoffman Christ And The Rich Young Ruler

O Lord Jesu Christ, who didst advise a rich young man to sell his possessions, distribute to the poor, and then follow him: Make us mindful in this time of plenty, that salvation lieth not in the accumulation of material goods; but rather that by feeding the poor, giving drink to the thirsty, taking in . . . → Read More: For Black Friday / Cyber Monday

For the Victims of the Holodmor

The Massacre of the Innocents

For the Victims of Genocide

The Massacre of the Innocentsby Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1525?–1569)

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

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

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