From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
My heart goes out to families and friends of the 118 men that lost their lives at the bottom of the Barents Sea.
Naval Prayer (United States)
"Almighty God, whose way is in the sea, whose path are in the great waters,
whose command is over all and whose love never faileth: Let me be aware of
Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self,
guarding me against dishonesty in word and in deed, and helping me so to
live that I can stand unashamed and unafraid before my shipmates, my loved
ones and Thee. Protect those in whose love I live. Give me the will to do
my best and to accept my share of responsilities with a strong heart and a
cheetful mind. Make me considerate of those entrusted to my leadership and
faithful to the duties my country has entrusted in me. Let my uniform
remind me daily of the traditions of the service of which I am a part. If I
am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to
resist; if I should miss the mark, give me the courage to try again. Guide
me with the light of truth and give me strength to faithfully serve thee,
now and always. Amen."
Naval Prayer (British Commonwealth)
O eternal Lord God, who alone spreadest out of
the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea;
who has compassed the waters with bounds
until day and night come to an end; be pleased
to receive into thy almighty and most gracious
protection the persons of us thy servants and
the fleet in which we serve. Preserve us from
the dangers of the sea, and from the violence of
the enemy; that we may be a safeguard unto our
most gracious sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth
and her dominions, and security for such as
pass on the seas upon their lawful occasion; that
the inhabitants of our commonwealth may in
peace and quietness serve thee our God; and
that we may return in safety to enjoy the
blessings of the land, with the fruits of our
labours, and with a thankful remembrance of
thy mercies to praise and glorify thy holy name;
through Jesus Christ our lord.
I have the utmost respect for all what serve their countries below on or above the oceans of the globe.
If you can't be HAPPY you shouldn't be anything at all!