in response to the events of
September 11, anno domini 2001
- A child's artistic response to the terrorist attack -
[Saint Augustine's Prayer Book]
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all them that believe:
grant unto the souls of thy servants and handmaidens the remission
of all their sins; that as thy have ever desired thy merciful
pardon, so by the supplications of their brethren they may receive
the same. Who livest and reignest, world without end. AMEN.
A Prayer for The President of the United States, and all in Civil Authority.
O LORD, our heavenly Father, the high and mighty Ruler of
the universe, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers
upon earth; Most heartily we beseech thee, with thy favour to
behold and bless thy servant THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
and all others in authority; and so replenish them with the grace
of thy Holy Spirit, that they may always incline to thy will,
and walk in thy way. Endue them plenteously with heavenly gifts;
grant them in health and prosperity long to live; and finally,
after this life, to attain everlasting joy and felicity; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN. (BCP, p. 17)
For the Armed Forces.
ALMIGHTY God, we commend to thy gracious care and keeping
the Armed Forces of our country at home and abroad. Defend them
day by day with thy heavenly grace; strengthen them in their
trials and temptations, give them courage to face the perils
which beset them; and grant them a sense of thine abiding presence
wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
O Almighty God, the supreme Governor of all things, whose power no creature is able to resist, to whom it belongeth justly to punish sinners, and to be merciful to those who truly repent; Save and deliver us, we humbly beseech thee, from the hands of our enemies; that we, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore from all perils, to glorify thee, who art the only giver of all vic- tory; through the merits of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN. (BCP, p. 41)
O God, merciful and compassionate, who art ever ready to hear
the prayers of those who put their trust in thee; Graciously
hearken to us who call upon thee, and grant us thy help in this
our need; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN. (BCP, p. 41)
ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage;
We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people
mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land
with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save
us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy,
and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into
one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds
and tongues. endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in
thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may
be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to
thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the
earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,
and in the day of trouble suffer not our trust in thee to fail;
all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
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 has begun in them may be perfected; through
Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. AMEN. (BCP, p. 42)
MOST gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for the people
of these United States in general, so especially for their Senate
and Representatives in Congress assembled; that thou wouldest
be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations, to
the advancement of thy glory, the good of thy Church, the safety,
honour, and welfare of thy people; that all things may be so
ordered and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and surest
foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion
and piety, may be established among us for all generations. these
and all other necessaries, for them, for us, and thy whole Church,
be humbly beg in the name and mediation of Jesus Christ, our
most blessed Lord and Saviour. AMEN.
For the Air Force.
WE IMPLORE thy grace and protection, O Lord, for the Air Force
of our country: direct the members thereof in all their ways;
defend them from all dangers and adversities; and be graciously
pleased to take them, and all who are dear to them, under thy
fatherly care and protection. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For the Army.
O LORD God of Hosts, stretch forth, we pray thee, thine almighty
arm to strengthen and protect the soldiers of our country. Support
them in the day of battle, and in the time of peace keep them
safe from all evil; endure them with courage and loyalty; and
grant that in all things they may serve without reproach; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
For the Navy.
O ETERNAL Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens, and
rulest the raging of the sea; Vouchsafe to take into thy almighty
and most gracious protection our country's Navy, and all who
serve therein. Preserve them from the dangers of the sea, and
from the violence of the enemy; that they may be a safeguard
unto the United States of America, and a security for such as
pass on the seas upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants
of our land may in peace and quietness serve thee our God, to
the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN. (BCP,
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, guide, we beseech thee,
the Nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and
establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness,
that they may become the Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ. AMEN. (BCP, p. 44)
George Washington's Prayer for the Nation.
ALMIGHTY God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in thy holy protection, that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplications, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
O GOD of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and rest
we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our
strength; By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, to
thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN. (BCP, p. 595)
O GOD, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light
riseth up in darkness for the godly; Grant us, in all our doubts
and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us
to do, that the Spirit of Wisdom may save us from all false choices,
and that in thy light we may see light, and in thy straight path
may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN. (BCP, p.
O MOST loving Father, who willest us to give thanks for all
things, to dread nothing but the loss of thee, and to cast all
our care on thee, who carest for us; Preserve us from faithless
fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this
mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is
immortal, and which thou hast manifested unto us in thy Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
A General Intercession.
O GOD, at whose word man goeth forth to his work and to his labour until the evening; Be merciful to all whose duties are difficult or burdensome, and comfort them concerning their toil. Shield from bodily accident and harm the workmen at their work. Protect the efforts of sober and honest industry, and suffer not the hire of the labourers to be kept back by fraud. Incline the heart of employers and of those whom they employ to mutual forbearance, fairness, and good-will. Give the spirit of governance and of a sound mind to all in places of authority. Bless all those who labour in works of mercy or in schools of good learning. Care for all aged persons, and all little children, the sick and the afflicted, and those who travel by land or by sea. Remember all who by reason of weakness are overtasked, or because of poverty are forgotten. Let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come before thee; and according to the greatness of thy power, preserve thou those that are appointed to die. Give ear unto our prayer, O merciful and gracious Father, for the love of thy dear Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. AMEN. (BCP, p. 599)