Our Ship's Prayer

Invoked at the Commissioning


Jan 21,1945

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 witheld 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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