National Day of Healing

The view from the Lincoln Memorial toward the Washington Monument on August 28, 1963, the date of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. US Government Photo, public domain. From Wikimedia.

O God our Father, whose love reachest to the uttermost parts of the earth: Open our eyes and hearts to . . . → Read More: National Day of Healing

The First Moon Landing

Earthrise over the Moon

For Them that Travel through Space

Written to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the first landing on the Moon, on July 20th, 1969, and the first moon walk on July 21st, 1969.

Almighty God, Father of all mankind, who didst walk before Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden: Be thou our constant guide . . . → Read More: The First Moon Landing

National PTSD Awareness Day (I)

Antonio Canova Madness of Hercules

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 mind and spirit. Grant also . . . → Read More: National PTSD Awareness Day (I)

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

Pieter Brueghel II Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery

For the Victims of Hatred

Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery, by Pieter Brueghel the Younger. From Wikipedia.

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

A Collect for D-Day

Soldiers resting on Omaha Beach

Almighty and All-Terrible God, Creator of all the world and Father of all men: we thank thee for the strength and courage of all those who planned and participated in the assault of Normandy on D-Day, and particularly for the valour of those who sacrificed their lives in the service of God and country. Grant . . . → Read More: A Collect for D-Day

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

Memorial Day (Observed)

An aerial view of the USS Arizona Memorial

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 in . . . → Read More: Memorial Day (Observed)

National Sorry Day

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 members of Australia’s Aboriginal People. Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to sear into our memories the story of their peril, lest . . . → Read More: National Sorry Day