O God, I beseech You,
watch over those exposed to the horror of war,
and the spiritual dangers of a soldier's or sailor's life.
Give them such a strong faith
that no human respect may ever lead them to deny it,
nor fear ever to practice it.
By Your grace, O God,
fortify them against the contagion of bad example,
that being preserved from vice,
and serving You faithfully,
they may be ready to meet you face to face
when they are so called:
Inspire them with sorrow for sin,
and grant them pardon.
Mother of God!
Be with them on the battlefield during life
and at the hour of death,
and grant that they may live and die
in the grace
of thy Son.
May Christ support us all the day long,
till the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then in his mercy
may he give us a safe lodging,
and holy rest and peace at the last.
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