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“Coal Miners’ Prayer” (CCAR 1924)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=52794 "Coal Miners' Prayer" (CCAR 1924) 2023-09-27 17:35:15 This prayer by an unknown author is first found in <em>Evening Service for the Sabbath from the Union Prayer Book (Newly Revised)</em> (1924), p. 45. (It also appears on the same page of the 1940 edition of the "newly revised" UPB.) The prayer is included as a third variation of a Reform synagogue's Shabbat evening service, in the Amidah before the silent meditation. Rabbi Michael Satz of Temple B'nai Or (Morristown, New Jersey) affectionately refers to it as the "Coal Miner's Prayer." Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Unknown Author(s) Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Labor, Fulfillment, and Parnasah International Workers' Day (May 1st) Labor Day (1st Monday of September) 20th century C.E. Gratitude 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer physical labor
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O Lord,
though we are prone to seek favors
for ourselves alone,
yet when we come into Thy presence,
we are lifted above petty thoughts of self.
We become ashamed of our littleness
and are made to feel
that we can worship Thee in holiness
only as we serve our brothers in love.
How much we owe to the labors of our brothers!
Day by day they dig far away from the sun
that we may be warm,
enlist in outposts of peril
that we may be secure
and brave the terrors of the unknown
for truths that shed light on our way.
Numberless gifts and blessings
have been laid in our cradles
as our birthright.
Let us then, O Lord,
be just and great-hearted
in our dealings with our fellowmen,
sharing with them the fruit
of our common labor,
acknowledging before Thee
that we are but stewards
of whatever we possess.
Help us to be among those
who are willing to sacrifice
that others may not hunger,
who dare to be bearers of light
in the dark loneliness of stricken lives,
who struggle and even bleed
for the triumph of righteousness among men.
So may we be co-workers with Thee
in the building of Thy kingdom
which has been our vision and goal
through the ages.

This prayer by an unknown author is first found in Evening Service for the Sabbath from the Union Prayer Book (Newly Revised) (1924), p. 45. (It also appears on the same page of the 1940 edition of the “newly revised” UPB.) The prayer is included as a third variation of a Reform synagogue’s Shabbat evening service, in the Amidah before the silent meditation. Rabbi Michael Satz of Temple B’nai Or (Morristown, New Jersey) affectionately refers to it as the “Coal Miner’s Prayer.”

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