Sunday, May 26, 2013

George Washington's Prayer for the Nation

The prayer below was written by George Washington as part of a short letter, dated June 14, 1783 at Newburgh, New York at the close of the Revolutionary War. It was sent to the thirteen governors of the newly-freed states on June 14, 1783. I offer it here to commemorate Memorial Day. See the very center of the prayer, where he asks the governors and all of us to remember "particularly our brethren who have served in the field." (Outline and emphasis added by me.)

George Washington's Prayer for the Nation

Circular Letter Addressed to the Governors of all the States on the Disbanding of the Army 
a. I now make it my earnest prayer,
 b. that God would have you, and the state over which you preside, in his holy protection
  c. that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate
   d. a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, 
    e. to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large,
     f. and particularly for their brethren who have served in the field;
    e’. and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to justice, to love mercy
  c’. and to demean ourselves with that
   d’. charityhumility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, 
 b’. and without an humble imitation of whose examples in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.
a’. [Amen.] 

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