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Benediction at the Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Carl M. Levin, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff (24 June 2023)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=51879 Benediction at the Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Carl M. Levin, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff (24 June 2023) 2023-06-25 20:59:04 This benediction was offered by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff at the commissioning ceremony for the USS Carl M. Levin on Saturday morning, 24 June 2023. Text the Open Siddur Project Arnold E. Resnicoff Arnold E. Resnicoff https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Arnold E. Resnicoff https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Military Personnel & Veterans English vernacular prayer dedications and consecrations United States Navy USS Carl M. Levin 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M.
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Lord God who made the heavens and the earth,
The seas and all that dwell therein.[1] Psalms 146:6 
We give thanks for the world and its beauty,
but those who go down to the sea in ships[2] Psalms 107:23. 
Know the grandeur and power of creation in a special way.
One poet wrote that “Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made,
For…in their…hearts the soul of a song is laid.”[3] From “Clipper Ships” in The Commonweal by Robert N. Rose 
The Prophets knew this song of ships and seas
When they proclaimed
“Sing God’s praise anew, from around the world, all who sail the sea.” (Isaiah 42:10 part)
As we conclude, we commend again
the men and women who created this mighty ship,
We pray for the safety and success
of the crew that will sail it upon the waters
to distant shores.
May Carl Levin’s legacy of integrity and moral courage
inspire us to make our world a better place.
May the faith and courage of this crew
Help them overcome all challenges and adversity
With hope and perseverance, tenacious in the fight.[4] The official ship motto of the USS Carl M. Levin. 
May those who go down to the sea in this ship,[5] Cf. Psalms 107:23. 
The USS CARL M LEVIN, inspire songs of praise
From all the lives they touch,
as a symbol of strength and beacon of hope
For all who dream of, pray for, better times.
And may we say Amen.

This benediction was offered by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff at the commissioning ceremony for the USS Carl M. Levin on Saturday morning, 24 June 2023.

 

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1Psalms 146:6
2Psalms 107:23.
3From “Clipper Ships” in The Commonweal by Robert N. Rose
4The official ship motto of the USS Carl M. Levin.
5Cf. Psalms 107:23.

 

 

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