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Against Impurity, a prayer by Rev. Walter Rauschenbusch adapted by Rabbi Morris Lazaron (1918)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=48476 Against Impurity, a prayer by Rev. Walter Rauschenbusch adapted by Rabbi Morris Lazaron (1918) 2023-01-19 21:23:27 "Against Impurity," a variation of the prayer by Rev. Walter Rauschenbusch, is found adapted (abridged without Christian god-language) by Rabbi Morris S. Lazaron in his World War Ⅰ era prayerbook, <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=48456">Side Arms: Readings, Prayers and Meditations for Soldiers and Sailors</a></em> (1918), on pages 26-27. The original version of the prayer was first published in <em>For God and the People: Prayers of the Social Awakening</em> (Walter Rauschenbusch 1910), pp. 103-104. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Morris Samuel Lazaron Walter Rauschenbusch https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Immersion (Purification) 20th century C.E. ecumenical prayers 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer ימי השובבים Yemei haShovavim מוסר mussar social gospel
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O Thou,
whose light is about me
and within me
and to whom all things are present,
help me this day to keep my life pure in Thy sight.
Suffer me not
by any lawless act of mine
to befoul any innocent life
or add to the shame
and hopelessness
of any erring one
that struggles faintly against sin.
Grant me a steadfast scorn for pleasure bought by human degradation.
May no reckless word or wanton look from me
kindle the slow fires of wayward passion
that will char and consume the divine beauties of any soul.
Give me grace to watch over the imaginations of my heart,
lest in the unknown hour of my weakness
my secret thoughts leap into action
and my honor be turned into shame.
Save our nation
from the corruption that breeds corruption.
Save our innocent sons and daughters
from the secret curse
that requites the touch of love
with lingering death.
O our God and father,
Thou master of all who are both strong and pure,
take our weak and passionate hearts under Thy control,
that when the dusk settles upon our life,
we may go to our long rest with no pang of shame,
and may enter into the blessedness of seeing God,
which Thou hast promised only to the pure in heart.
Amen.

“Against Impurity,” a variation of the prayer by Rev. Walter Rauschenbusch, is found adapted (abridged without Christian god-language) by Rabbi Morris S. Lazaron in his World War Ⅰ era prayerbook, Side Arms: Readings, Prayers and Meditations for Soldiers and Sailors (1918), on pages 26-27. The original version of the prayer was first published in For God and the People: Prayers of the Social Awakening (Walter Rauschenbusch 1910), pp. 103-104.

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