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Prayer for the Recovery of President James A. Garfield, by Rabbi Sabato Morais (after 2 July 1881)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=53515 Prayer for the Recovery of President James A. Garfield, by Rabbi Sabato Morais (after 2 July 1881) 2023-12-02 12:13:14 This prayer by Rabbi Sabato Morais for the recovery of President James Garfield after his being shot on 2 July 1881 is recorded in a newspaper clipping preserved on page 236 of the Sabato Morais Ledger, "<a href="https://judaicadh.library.upenn.edu/morais-ledger/morais-ledger/obj426/">'A Nation Wounded.' Opinions as Expressed in the Synagogue by a Prominent Rabbi.</a>" The origin and date of the clipping is not indicated, however, the prayer was offered during the dedication of a synagogue in the then newly built Philadelphia Jewish Foster Home and Orphan Asylum on 12 June 1881 in Germantown. If you know the date of this synagogue dedication or the newspaper from which this clipping was taken, please leave a comment or <a href="https://opensiddur.org/contact/">contact us</a>. We know a handful of prayers for President Garfield offered by Rabbi Morais over the course of the former's lingering death, and this prayer seems to us to be the earliest of them, probably given sometime in July following the assassination, and recorded in the Philadelphia Inquirer or another newspaper. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Sabato Morais https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ United States of America Prayers for leaders Prayers after an attempted assassination James A. Garfield Assassination of James A. Garfield 19th century C.E. 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer assassination
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Eternal God,
in the days of old Thou didst hearken
to the petition of a ruler
who sought to do right in Thine eyes.
Hezekiah wished to live longer
that his people might be guided on to righteousness.[1] 2 Kings 20:1-6. 
Oh, hear this day the entreaty of Thy servant,
James Abram Garfield, the chief of our land.[2] James A. Garfield (1831-1881), the 20th President of the United States, served from 8 March 1881 until 19 September 1881, after being mortally injured in an assassination attempt on 2 July that year. 
His prayer finds a responsive echo
in the breast of this great people of America.
Endow his physicians with extraordinary skill
to allay his bodily pains,
and the precious patient with strength
to bear the suffering
that will restore him
to his vigorous health
and to the Republic.
Spare us, O God,
the sorrow we once experienced
in the unnatural death of a martyred President,[3] A reference to the assassination of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865). 
and show the world that where equality reigns
anarchy does not setup its horrid ensign.
Close the pit
in which political dishonesty strives
to cast our banner of political honor,
and let us come forth from this trial
purified sevenfold,
as a government ever progressive
and supremely glorious.
For the sake of humanity,
which America has assumed to defend,
grant that in our places of worship
we may speedily bring thanksgiving
for the recovery of the Executive.
For Thou healest the diseases of Thy creatures,
and Thou alone can say to the Angel of Death,
“Stay thy hand.’’
May Thou bid him away from our chieftain,
who lies prostrate at the National Capital.
Then will our perturbed spirits gain confidence,
and we shall rejoice in the joy and prosperity
of a united country, even this country,
dearest to Israel because the most generous and free.
Amen.

This prayer by Rabbi Sabato Morais for the recovery of President James Garfield after his being shot on 2 July 1881 is recorded in a newspaper clipping preserved on page 236 of the Sabato Morais Ledger, “‘A Nation Wounded.’ Opinions as Expressed in the Synagogue by a Prominent Rabbi.” The origin and date of the clipping is not indicated, however, the prayer was offered during the dedication of a synagogue in the then newly built Philadelphia Jewish Foster Home and Orphan Asylum on 12 June 1881 in Germantown. If you know the date of this synagogue dedication or the newspaper from which this clipping was taken, please leave a comment or contact us. We know a handful of prayers for President Garfield offered by Rabbi Morais over the course of the former’s lingering death, and this prayer seems to us to be the earliest of them, probably given sometime in July following the assassination, and recorded in the Philadelphia Inquirer or another newspaper.

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Prayer after attempted assassination of Garfield [1881-07] (Sabato Morais Ledger p. 236)

 

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Notes
12 Kings 20:1-6.
2James A. Garfield (1831-1881), the 20th President of the United States, served from 8 March 1881 until 19 September 1881, after being mortally injured in an assassination attempt on 2 July that year.
3A reference to the assassination of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).

 

 

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