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PRAYER OF CHAPLAIN CLARK

U. S. NAVY

Our Heavenly Father: We thank Thee for the memory of the one whom we honor to-day; for the insight and bravery which he carried to the crowning act of his life, the act that so inspired and strengthened the hearts of the people in their great struggle for nationality. We thank Thee for the sympathy and the material support so freely given him by the great nation beyond the sea. And now may there come to our whole people a quickened perception of how great a thing it is to be citizens of this land; to be possessors of such a material inheritance; to have national ideals that may be pursued with utmost Christian earnestness, perseverance, and devotion. And may all have an everdeepening sense of dependence upon Thee for the gifts that are our distinction and joy as a nation. And Thy name shall have the glory. Amen.

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From engraving by Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune, Paris, 1781, original in possession of the

Bostonian Society.

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