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

https://opensiddur.org/?p=51877 Invocation at the Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Carl M. Levin, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff (24 June 2023) 2023-06-25 20:51:58 This invocation 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 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer dedications and consecrations United States Navy USS Carl M. Levin
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Oh God Who bidst the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep,[1] From “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” (a/k/a, the Navy Hymn; 1860) by William Whiting (1825-1878). 
We stand in awe of the seas that reflect your creation
And of the handiwork of the men and women, civilian and military alike,
Responsible for this proud and mighty ship that will sail upon them.
As human beings we pray, reflect, meditate in different ways,
But united celebrate today’s commissioning
Of the USS CARL M LEVIN,
Our Navy’s — nation’s — newest ship,
One that will carry the bravest of the brave —
The men and women of the U.S. Navy —
Wherever duty calls;
One that will honor and reflect the extraordinary integrity, achievements, and moral courage
Of the man for whom this ship is named.
Theodore Roosevelt, not only former president,
But former Assistant SECNAV, first,
Taught that a good Navy is the surest guarantor of peace,
But that peace itself is not the highest good,
Unless it comes as the handmaiden of righteousness:
Justice between people and justice between nations.
May this ship and crew forever reflect our nation’s strength
In pursuit of peace with justice,
And if they fight, if fight they must,
May they reflect the honor, courage, and commitment
Of those who served before, and all those who serve today.
“Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead,”[2] Famous quotation of David Glasgow Farragut (1801-1870), a flag officer of the United States Navy during the American Civil War. Farragut was the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and admiral in the United States Navy.  and “Tenacious in the Fight”[3] The official ships motto of the USS Carl M. Levin. :
Like the man whose name this ship so proudly bears.
And may we say Amen.

This invocation 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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1From “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” (a/k/a, the Navy Hymn; 1860) by William Whiting (1825-1878).
2Famous quotation of David Glasgow Farragut (1801-1870), a flag officer of the United States Navy during the American Civil War. Farragut was the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and admiral in the United States Navy.
3The official ships motto of the USS Carl M. Levin.

 

 

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