The Book of Common Prayer offers prayers which seem most pertinent to us in these days (pp. 821-822).
O God, the fountain of wisdom, whose will is good and
gracious, and whose law is truth: We beseech thee so to guide
and bless our Senators and Representatives in Congress
assembled and in the Legislature of this Common-
wealth, that they may enact such laws as shall please thee,
to the glory of thy Name and the welfare of this people;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to
accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they
may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for
the well-being of our society; that we may serve you
faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name.
For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as
head above all. Amen.
At Trinity, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist each Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. Unless there is an important feast for that day, we choose a saint who is commemorated that week who speaks to something important happening in our community or in the larger world. This morning we remembered Alban, a Roman soldier who was martyred in Britain for his faith in Christ. The Prayer after Communion today seemed especially timely to us:
Prayer after Communion
Eternal God, whose loving-kindness is better than life itself, kindle our hearts with the spirit of mercy that we, keeping the feast of Alban, may also keep his holy example and take up the cause of those who seek our protection. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Here is the .pdf of the Order of Service for today’s Eucharist. Alban 06-20-18
From Wiki: “Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former Confederacy of the southern United States. Its name is a portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth”, the date of its celebration. Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in forty-five states.”
“Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.”
Here is the link to the text of the Emancipation Proclamation.
As the Holy month of Ramadan comes to a close, we unite in love and solidarity with our Muslim friends in the Lehigh Valley, and most especially with our dear friends at the Lehigh Dialog Center. We were blessed to be invited by them to break the fast at the beginning of Ramadan. Again, a thank you to them for that lovely evening!
We wish you all a very happy and peaceful Eid.
May Allah accept your good deeds,
Forgive your transgressions,
And ease the suffering of all around the globe.