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Prayer upon the death of President James A. Garfield, by Rabbi Sabato Morais (after 19 September 1881)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=53527 Prayer upon the death of President James A. Garfield, by Rabbi Sabato Morais (after 19 September 1881) 2023-12-02 14:20:02 This prayer by Rabbi Sabato Morais after the death of President James Garfield is recorded in an undated <a href="https://judaicadh.github.io/morais-ledger/morais-ledger/obj300/">newspaper clipping</a> preserved on page 176 of the Sabato Morais Ledger. The clipping appears next to one printed in the <em>Jewish Record</em> on 30 September 1881, a few days prior to Yom Kippur that year. From the column borders similar to both clippings, the prayer appears to also have been published in the <em>Jewish Record</em>, possibly as part of a service in eulogy for the fallen president sometime soon after 19 September. 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 James A. Garfield Assassination of James A. Garfield 19th century C.E. 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer assassination Prayers for leaders Prayers after an attempted assassination
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Heavenly Father!
Our minds are troubled,
and our hearts unutterably grieved.
We had prayed and ardently hoped
for a cause of thanksgivings,
but amidst universal gloom,
lamentations resound through the land.
At this hour of national anguish,
we fly unto Thee for relief.
Oh! teach us to understand
how the distressing bereavement
forced upon us by a loathsome wretch
is made to agree with Thy Paternal design.
A ray of Thy in finite wisdom
will chase away the cloud
that hangs over our spirits.
Not because Garfield was eminently virtuous
do we sigh and mourn at his departure.
Surely, his righteousness has walked before him
and prepared the way to the glories
whereto Thou hast uplifted his soul.
The loss we deplore
is the deprivation of a chief under whose lead
the Republic of Thy godly Washington,
would have been cleansed from dross,
and have reached a higher standard of public morality.
No more will America profit
by the counsel of Thy upright servant.
The lips which a live coal from the altar of Purity had touched,[1] Isaiah 6:6-8. 
are sealed forever in death.
Bent with sorrow
we have this day accompanied to its final home
the body whose restoration would have been our joy.
The tears of Thy afflicted children
bedew their countenances,
their blessings are wreaths of unfading flowers
crowning yonder sepulchre.
May we, O Heavenly Father!
often turn our thoughts thereunto,
and, remembering the foul sin of dishonesty
which occasioned the opening of that untimely grave,
may we vow to carry out the principles of rectitude,
which the dear dead has left as a legacy.
Grant that our resolves
may receive a complete realization
through the unswerving adherence of Chester Allan Arthur[2] The 21st President of the United States, Chester Arthur (1829-1886) served in office from the death of Garfield in 1881 until 1885. 
to the oath he solemnly took in Thy divine presence.
Then will the oppressive feelings
which so distress us
now find relief.
Heavenly Father!
We commend to Thy grace her
whose cheeks, furrowed with age,
have more deeply sunk in
by reason of the trials and decease of her great son,
and with her take also in Thy merciful care
the woman whose tenderness of wifely devotion
illustrates a character sublimely pious.
May the respectful love
which millions bear them
bring alleviation to their anguish,
and Thy signal protection
to the surviving offspring of our sainted President
prove both a sweet and lasting consolation.
Oh! Shield America from calamities,
exalt her in righteousness,
and keep her as ensign to the world
of national probity and universal freedom
until time shall be no more.
Amen.

This prayer by Rabbi Sabato Morais after the death of President James Garfield is recorded in an undated newspaper clipping preserved on page 176 of the Sabato Morais Ledger. The clipping appears next to one printed in the Jewish Record on 30 September 1881, a few days prior to Yom Kippur that year. From the column borders similar to both clippings, the prayer appears to also have been published in the Jewish Record, possibly as part of a service in eulogy for the fallen president sometime soon after 19 September.

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Prayer after the death of James Garfield [1881-09] (Sabato Morais Ledger, p. 176)

 

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Notes
1Isaiah 6:6-8.
2The 21st President of the United States, Chester Arthur (1829-1886) served in office from the death of Garfield in 1881 until 1885.

 

 

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