Our Ship's Prayer

Invoked at the Commissioning

Navy Cross
Jan 21,1945
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U.S.S. Ticonderoga, (CV14) 8 May, 1944

Most high and mighty ruler of the universe
By whom our nation hath been established;
In freedom and preserved in union;
We thank Thee for our heritage which is rich
In heroic examples of self-sacrifice
In the interest of freedom and justice
We thank Thee, too, that Thou hast not withheld from us
The opportunity to participate
In the heroism of our fathers
Mindful of our past and present we pray for this ship
O God bless this ship
May she be in Thy hands an avenger to all
Who have disturbed the peace of the world.
May she strike terror into the hearts of those
Who plan slavery for fellow men

Father in Heaven, we invoke Thy blessing upon this ship.
Make her the Champion of all those who are crushed
By tyranny and despotism
May she have the greater glory of being an instrument in
Thy hands for creating the Kingdom of God upon earth.
Most merciful God bless this ship.
Bless him who is her Captain and all who have authority
Under him that working together we may please
Him to Whom belongeth all authority.
As our home, may this ship be a place where each forgets
Himself in the interest of the common good. May each
One follow the example of Him who lived to serve
May the Lord bless us and keep us, may the Lord
Make His face to shine upon us and be gracious
unto us; and bring us to a righteous and enduring peace.

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