A r m y a n d N a v y H y m n a l
These are excerpts from the God-honoring prayers in the 1942 Army and Navy Hymnal. This hymnal was put forth during WWII. The book was printed by the United States Printing Office, Washington. [Notice there was not the erroneous distinction of separation between church and state at that time. US tax dollars went to promote that which was godly (Christ honoring) and to strictly warn against that which was wicked (what the Bible calls sin).] A Jewish Section is also included in this patriotic servicemen's hymnal. This earnest statement from the Preface calls out : “The hymnal goes forth at a time of great national emergency, and at a time when wise and consecrated spiritual leadership is greatly needed. May the Lord God be glorified. To the men, living and dead, who have hazarded their lives for America, to the lads who keep faithful watch today and tomorrow, and to the glory of Almighty God, we dedicate this Hymnal for the Army and Navy.”
A Prayer for the Army
Lord God of Hosts, whose power is from everlasting to everlasting, and whose Name is above every name in heaven and earth: keep, we pray, Thee, under thy protecting care the Army of our country and all who serve therein. Defend them amid violence on land or sea or in the heavens, grant that they may be a sure defense and a safeguard for the people for the United States and a security for such as come and go in peaceful and lawful pursuit. In time of peace keep them from evil, and in the day of conflict suffer not their courage to fail: that they may guard the American heritage against those who would destroy or straiten the liberties of government by the people, and to the end that the blessings of religion and law may be preserved to posterity. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the Navy
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 unto such as pass upon the sea on 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.
THE GENERAL CONFESSION
Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against they holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those thing which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou those O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent; according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.
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.
(Written in Newburg, June, 8, 1783, and sent to the Governors of all the States.)
More Army and Navy Prayers
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits;
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
Who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
Who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
[This US Armed Forces prayer comes right from Psalm 103.]
Search me, O God, and know my heart.
Try me, and know my thoughts;
And see if there be any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
[This US Military prayer is directly from Psalm 139.]
James Utter 12/2010