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Prayer for the Recovery of President James A. Garfield in the merit of the Founding Fathers, by Rabbi Sabato Morais (before 19 September 1881)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=53537 Prayer for the Recovery of President James A. Garfield in the merit of the Founding Fathers, by Rabbi Sabato Morais (before 19 September 1881) 2023-12-02 15:15:03 This prayer by Rabbi Sabato Morais during the lingering death of President James Garfield is recorded in an undated and unsourced newspaper clipping, "<a href="https://judaicadh.github.io/morais-ledger/morais-ledger/obj300/">A Petition in the Synagogue. Rabbi Morais' Fervent Petition Before the Mickve Israel Congregation</a>" preserved on page 237 of the Sabato Morais Ledger. The prayer is unique in appealing in the merit of four of the Founding Fathers of the United States (the first three presidents: George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, along with Benjamin Franklin). 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 19th century C.E. 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer assassination Prayers for leaders Prayers after an attempted assassination James A. Garfield Assassination of James A. Garfield
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Gracious God!
With hearts fluttering between hope and fear
we raise our eyes heavenward.
Thou alone canst dispel our apprehensions
and confirm our abiding trust
in Thy miraculous power.
Through Thy will
the mind which was wont to conceive wise thoughts
can be restored to its former brightness
and devise and carry out plans
honorable to this nation
and blissful to the dwellers of the earth.
At Thy bidding
the heart that throbbed with tender sentiments
will regain its habitual state and joy in its affections.
By Thy decree
the body which moral purity had kept in its natural vigor
will rise again in its comely form.
We long to raise a thanksgiving unto Thee,
O Celestial Physician!
a praise which will resound from ocean to ocean.
It will be the grateful offering
of fifty millions of Thy creatures
whose Chief Thou shalt have clothed
with new flesh, with a buoyant spirit,
and shalt have given him back in perfect health
to his family and to his country.
Oh! let the merits of the fathers of the Republic
propitiate Thy favor.
Because of Washington,[1] The 1st President of the United States, George Washington (1732-1799), served from 1789-1797.  the valiant and the righteous;
because of Jefferson,[2] The 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) served from 1801-1809. 
of Adams,[3] The 2nd President of the United States, John Adams (1735-1826) served from 1797-1801. 
and of Franklin[4] Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) served multiple roles after the foundation of the United States including as its first postmaster general and as the 6th president of Pennsylvania. 
the early guardians of American liberties—
who proved to be men of sterling qualities
men of truth who hated bribe,
deign to rescue their noble follower and successor
from imminent peril.
Release thy servant, James Abram Garfield,
from the tight grasp of the destroyer.
May he feel the effects of Thy marvelous power
and with the Psalmist exclaim:
“Blessed be God
who hath not turned away my prayer
nor His mercy from me.” (Psalms 66:20)
Amen.

This prayer by Rabbi Sabato Morais during the lingering death of President James Garfield is recorded in an undated and unsourced newspaper clipping, “A Petition in the Synagogue. Rabbi Morais’ Fervent Petition Before the Mickve Israel Congregation” preserved on page 237 of the Sabato Morais Ledger. If you know the origin or date of this clipping, please leave a comment or contact us. The prayer is unique in appealing in the merit of four of the Founding Fathers of the United States (the first three presidents: George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, along with Benjamin Franklin).

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Prayer during the lingering demise of Garfield [1881] (Sabato Morais Ledger, p. 237)

 

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1The 1st President of the United States, George Washington (1732-1799), served from 1789-1797.
2The 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) served from 1801-1809.
3The 2nd President of the United States, John Adams (1735-1826) served from 1797-1801.
4Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) served multiple roles after the foundation of the United States including as its first postmaster general and as the 6th president of Pennsylvania.

 

 

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