Prayers of the Order
Father, we thank you for the fellowship and common interests that bring us together at this time, and we ask your blessing on this meeting. As we seek to learn more of our history and heritage, keep us mindful of your presence in all that we do, and help us to be guided by your teaching. All this we ask in your Name. Amen.
Be with us, 0 God, in all our enterprises; purify our intentions, strengthen our purposes, and grant that in serving our fellow men, we may serve thee. Amen.
Accept our Prayer, Our Fat her. Lift us up and call us to higher things in our civic and individual lives. Here and now, bless everything that is done in this presence today, and grant that out of this gathering may proceed those streams of power and inspiration that shall gladden and enrich and ennoble the life of womanhood and manhood in this nation of ours. We ask these things and a continuance of thy love. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Almighty and everliving God, who art the root of all wisdom and whose law is truth, we are grateful for thy presence with us as we take counsel for the renewal and mission of our Order. We trust in thee that we might perceive what is right. Grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it to the honor of our founders and patriots and to thy glory. Through thy son our Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Our Heavenly Father, please look down upon this assembly and grant that we may perform our duties in a fashion that will reflect your guidance. Endow us with your wisdom, look over our work and protect and guide us to reflect generosity and esprit-de-corps. Look over our country's armed forces wherever they may be and let us remember them and our Patriot Ancestors in our work, actions and prayers. Amen.
We begin this gathering to our purpose with thanksgiving to thee, 0 Lord, for the many blessings of this life provided in thy mercy: our food, our sky, our lakes and rivers, our friendships of comfort and trust and most of all, the hope of thy saving grace. We are gratefully confident that the path toward freedom taken by our founding and patriot families was providentially guided and we strive to continue that heritage this day. As we are about the doings of our Order, may the blessed Holy Spirit visit with divine influence upon us so that what we accomplish is acceptable in thy sight and sets forth thy glory. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father, our Supreme Governor General; We thank you for our many blessings, particularly the pleasure of enjoying that special fellowship that comes from a common heritage. We gratefully remember our forebears who through suffering and death maintained stout hearts to lay the foundations of our country and preserve its liberties. Finally, we remember those of our Associates who are absent and may be in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness or any other adversity. And would thou bless this food to our use and us to Thy service. Amen.
In our prayers, O Lord, we join our unfeigned thanks for all thy tender mercies;
We thank thee for our being, our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body;
We thank thee for our health, these friends, food and raiment, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life.
We bless thee for thy patience with us, notwithstanding our many and great provocations;
We bless thee for all the directions, assistances and comforts of thy Holy Spirit;
We bless thee for thy continual care and watchful providence over us through the course of our lives;
and particularly for the mercies and benefits of this day, and this gathering to our purpose:
beseeching thee to continue these thv blessings to us; and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in sincere obedience to thy commandment. Amen.
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings of eagles; they shall run
and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Amen.
Heavenly Father, we thank you this day for our many Blessings and the Liberty which you have bestowed upon us through your Providence, and by the sacrifices of our forebears. We thank you for the democratic Freedoms we enjoy on this day that are the results of our Founders and Patriots doing their patriotic duties. We are deeply indebted. Please comfort and protect our service people of today, wherever they may be, protecting us from those who would do us and our nation evil. Be with these young Patriots as they carry today's burdens for a free world for all mankind. We ask your guidance today in our deliberations as we seek to serve our country in our own small way and to glorify you. Amen
Our Heavenly Father, protect us as we leave this assemblage and travel our separate paths. Please watch over our families and our Armed Services throughout this world and guide us to reflect the Patriotism of our ancestors until we meet again. Amen.
Associate Tommy Mead, Secretary of the Maryland Society
May the blessings of God rest upon us and upon all our work done in his name. May he give light to guide us, courage to support us, and love to unite us. Now, and evermore. Amen.
Now unto him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the Presence of his glory, with exceeding joy, to the only wise God, our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for evermore. Amen
Deputy Chaplain General
Almighty God, Father of Abraham and Isaac, our work for this meeting (General Court) is finished,
accomplished with thy assured blessing; And we are steadfast for thee, our country and one another. The Grace and the love of God be with us all evermore. Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father, as We close this National (State Conference), we ask Thy blessing upon each one of us. Carry us safely to our homes. Watch over us and bless us while we are absent, one from the other.
Bless us in the work which we are committed to do for our Society, and may we he faithful to our obligations and mindful of our opportunities. May the peace of God abide in our hearts now and forever. In Christ's name. Amen.
Lord, sustain each of us by your loving presence, guide us with your counsel and grant us safety as we return to our homes. Amen.
May God bless you with a loving sense of his near Presence; guide, protect, and comfort you; that ye may know what it is to walk close to Him all your life long, both here and hereafter. Amen
Deputy Chaplain General
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord remembering those who risked their reputations and their very lives to preserve the liberties we enjoy today, and remembering also those Associates who are absent from us and may be afflicted in mind, body or estate. Amen.
(Benediction, Healing after Vigorous Conflict)
We join in prayer, 0 Lord, that thy holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every heart, both here today and throughout our Order, that barriers which part us may crumble and suspicions disappear; that our divisions being healed, we may live in unity of purpose for the well-being of our Society (Order). We thank thee, 0 Lord, for grace to respect the witness of this council and to discern the truth that our Society (Order) may go forth cleansed and strengthened in our generation. By thy mercy 0 Lord we pray. Amen.
Thank you for all your blessings of this day. Be with us as we depart this gathering. Help us to see and do your will as we go our independent ways. Be with our young people serving our country wherever in the world they may he. We thank you. Amen
Lord, Bless our Associates of the Order and guests present with us today. Keep us aware of our motto, "Steadfast for God and Country". Bless this food to our use and us to thy service. Amen.
We pause before this meal, O LORD, to thank thee for the nourishment here before us even as did our founding and patriot forebears. Now, in thy mercy, grant thy blessing on this food and us in thy service. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Almighty God, we thank thee for bringing us together (today/this evening), members and guests from (number States -- from "X" to "X" ). (Today/this evening) we make a special appeal for those Associates whom we have nominated for National Office.
We give thanks for our great country and our fore-fathers, who laid its foundation and sacrificed their lives in its service. We thank thee, 0 God, for these gifts for our nourishment and for all the blessings of our lives. All this we ask in thy name. Amen.
Unto Him who through the breaking of bread brought us close to God, let us give glory and honor now and forever. Amen.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for your mercies that you give us every day, for the health and strength that we need and for this day with its fresh opportunities for work and service to our Society. Bless each one of us as we partake of this .food and leave us with a thankful heart, Amen.
We thank thee, O LORD, for all that was gracious in the lives of the men and women who founded this nation and who obtained liberty for us all. We bless thee, 0 LORD, for that thou dost give us food to sustain us and those we love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Master of life, make us glad by thy presence, strengthen us for service as we share in the gifts of thy bounty, and send us out to do thy will. Amen.