Daily Reading for May 30 • Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc), Mystic and Soldier, 1431, and Memorial Day

O Lord our God,

whose name only is excellent

and thy praise above heaven and earth:

We give thee high praise and hearty thanks

for all those who counted not their lives dear unto themselves

but laid them down for their friends;

beseeching thee to give them a part and a lot

in those good things which thou has prepared

for all those whose names are written in the Book of Life;

and grant to us, that having them always in remembrance,

we may imitate their faithfulness

and with them inherit the new name

which thou has promised to them that overcome;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From a prayer before a war memorial by Eric Milner-White, quoted in Give Us Grace: An Anthology of Anglican Prayers, compiled by Christopher L. Webber. Copyright © 2004. Used by permission of Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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