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Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day!
Did you know that Independence Day is one of the few civil holidays the Book of Common Prayer offers a prayer for?
"Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this coutnry won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace..."

2 comments:

TwoSquareMeals said...

That's interesting, considering it's from our British heritage. I'm sure the British versions don't have that prayer!

Kate said...

Ditto two square meals! I didn't know that either!

Although, I'm learning more and more that the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church in the States are very closely related - far more so than either the SEC or TEC are to the Church of England. The first American bishop, Samuel Seabury, was consecrated in Scotland because he didn't have to swear allegiance to the English throne (the authority of which Scotland didn't recognise at that time). And our prayer books are very similar as well (the American one was based on the Scottish one), so maybe it's a Scottish thing (so many Scots want independence from England too)!

Sorry - that was long and boring, and you probably knew it already. That's what comes from me putting together a history book for my church!