Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Veterans' Day - 2015
Dear Father of Lights, and of our Lord Jesus Christ
God of battles, and Giver of Life.
we pray for those who have served our nation,
who laid down their lives
to protect and defend our freedom on many a foreign field
From Concord to Yorktown; from Vera Cruz to Antietam;
From San Juan Hill to Flanders; from Iwo Jima to Chosin
And from Cam Rahn Bay to Ramadi.
We pray for those who have fought,
whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war
and whose nights are haunted by memories
too painful for the light of day...
We pray for those who serve us now,
especially for those in harm's way:
shield them from danger
and bring them home to their families and loved
Ones, unscarred and unscathed by battles’ sordid
harms and hurts.
Turn the hearts and minds
of our leaders, as well as our enemies, to your glory
and honor, and
to the work of justice and a harvest of peace...
May the peace you left us,
the peace you gave us,
be the peace that sustains,
the peace that shall surely saves us as a nation blessed
beyond every other nation in annals of history. Amen.
Jerry L. Ogles, Presiding Bishop
Anglican Orthodox Church