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My mind is full of sweet memories of home,
and I am dreaming of the dear ones I love.
I feel them near to me,
and the love that binds us together
O God, who art the Father of us all,
may I bring honour to them,
and prove myself worthy
of their many sacrifices
and of all the tender care
which they have shown to me.
Teach me to appreciate more fully
how truly sacred is my home;
so that when I return to it I may be a better man,
spreading happiness and peace
to those who have ever given unto me
the love that now, O Lord, I feel so strongly,
the love that reflects unto me
Thy glory and Thy tenderness.
Basil L.Q. Henriques’s prayer “For Home” was first published in The Fratres Book of Prayer for the Oxford and St. George’s Synagogue Jewish Lads Club in 1916, and later reprinted in the Prayer Book of the St. George’s Settlement Synagogue (1929), “Special Prayers” section, pages 95-96.
“[Prayer] for home, by Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques (1916)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.