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Almighty, Everlasting God,

the Protector of all those who put their trust in Thee:

hear our prayers in behalf of Thy servants

who sail their vessels beneath the seas.

We beseech Thee to keep in Thy sustaining care

all who are in submarines,

that they may be delivered

from the hidden dangers of the deep.

Grant them courage,

and a devotion to fulfill their duties,

that they may better serve Thee and their native land.

Though acquainted with the depths of the ocean,

deliver them from the depths of despair

and the dark hours of the absence of friendliness

and grant them a good ship's spirit.

Bless all their kindred and loved ones

from whom they are separated.

When they surface their ships,

may they praise Thee for Thou art there as well as in the deep.

Fill them with Thy Spirit

that they may be sure in their reckonings,

unwavering in duty,

high in purpose,

and upholding the honor of their nation.


~ author unknown

All mighty Father,

whose way is in the sea

and whose paths 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 purpose 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 the work of a man

and to accept my share of responsibilities

with a strong heart and a cheerful mind.

Make me considerate of those intrusted to my leadership

and faithful to the duties my country has intrusted to 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 courage to try again.

Guide me with the light of truth and keep before me the life of Him

by whose example and help I trust

to obtain the answer to my prayer,

Jesus Christ, our Lord.


~ World War II - Naval Serviceman

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