As Paul instructed us in 1 Timothy 2:1, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;” we ask that you join us in a prayer for our civil government leaders on the 13th Anniversary of the 9-11 Attacks.
Most Gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for the people of these united States in general, so especially for our leaders – the President, the Congress, the judges, the Governors, the members of the State Legislatures and the local officials; That thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations, to the advancement of thy glory, the good of thy Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of thy people; that all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and surest foundations that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established upon us for generations. These and all other necessaries, for them, for us, and thy whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen. (From The Book of Common Prayer, 1870.)
St. George Tucker is America’s Sir William Blackstone. He published a five-volume edition of Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England in 1803 including annotations which applied English common law to the American republican system. He was the pre-eminent legal authority in America after the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and continued to serve in this role throughout much of 19th century. Tucker, like many of the Founders had a vast and varied professional career – he worked as a lawyer and a judge; a businessman and an inventor; a scholar and a professor. He was also an accomplished poet and essayist who served in the Virginia militia and fought during the War for Independence. He was wounded twice – the battles of Guildford Court House and Yorktown.
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Although Stephen Hopkins is not a well-known founder, he is very recognizable in the famous painting by John Trumbull, The Declaration of Independence, because of the Quaker-style hat that adorns his head. Hopkins is “almost known” for being the cousin of Benedict Arnold, the second-oldest signer and the delegate who famously quipped he was tired of hearing John Dickinson’s harangue. As an elder statesman, Hopkins was involved in many of the pre-war protests against the British and heavily influenced others to join the cause for liberty. He is remembered as a good orator whose debate was relevant, powerful and precise. He was long dedicated to the cause of liberty due to his Christian convictions.
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