Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Monday, May 30, 2016
PEACE: They All Have Names
I am departing from my series of posts, the personal definitions of PEACE from Gemini Jr. High School in Niles. (I am sure Mr. Rich Groeling, Gemini’s principal, will forgive me.)
On this special day—Memorial Day—I return to the Episcopal Daily Office, to Morning Prayer. (Thanks to the online Vicar of www.dailyoffice.org, my friend Josh Thomas.) Each Tuesday on the Morning Prayer webcast, Vicar Josh and Subdeacon Clint feature They Have Names™. I know today was Monday, but the webcast featured a special They Have Names™ for Memorial Day. A 19 year old sailor from Utah lost his life last week. Connor Alan McQuagge, GMSN.
They all have names. Even the unknowns, buried with honor. Even the missing in action, and even those whose remains were never found. God bless them all, no matter where they were born, no matter which side of the tracks they came from, no matter what color their skin happened to be, or what religion they practiced, or what language they spoke. God bless them all.
The following prayers are taken from the Daily Office.
Prayer for Heroic Service: Memorial Day
O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Collect for Peace
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God bless their memories, and give their families and loved ones comfort.
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