The Bible and the Final Frontier

My husband and son went to DC this past weekend for a guys’ sports trip – encompassing  a college basketball game and wrestling match at son’s alma mater, American U, and hiking around his undergrad haunts in the beautiful spring-like weather.

They went to the National Cathedral for Mass Sunday morning and were surprised and pleased when an unexpected little ceremony took place. The priest introduced to the congregants the Episcopal Bishop of the Armed Forces and the Chief of Chaplains, who came to dedicate a Bible for the newly formed United States Space Force.

Every branch of the military has a unique Bible used in taking the oath of office when a new chief of staff is sworn in. Major General John Raymond, First Chief of Space Operations, was there to receive the Bible and announced the Good Book will soon be taken into space.

The Bishop’s prayer was lovely and inspiring. He prayed “for our Commander in Chief and 45th President, who looked to the heavens & dared to dream of a safer future for all mankind; for the General and for the men & women of newly created US Space Force, wherever they may go . . .  Guard and guide all those who purpose that the final frontier be a place where God will triumph over evil, love over hate, and life over death.”

If you want to watch the Mass, the video is HERE and the Bible dedication starts around 59:00.

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7 thoughts on “The Bible and the Final Frontier”

  1. I knew there was an appropriate verse to the Mariners’ Hymn, Eternal,Father Strong to Save.   In fact there are two about flight,  but of course the old one has much better poetry:

    “O Spirit whom the Father sent/To spread abroad the Firmament! /O  Wind of Heaven! By Thy might/ Save all who dare the eagle’s flight./And keep them in Thy watchful care/From every peril in the air! “

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  2. Pencilvania:
    The Bishop’s prayer was lovely and inspiring. He prayed “for our Commander in Chief and 45th President, who looked to the heavens & dared to dream of a safer future for all mankind; for the General and for the men & women of newly created US Space Force, wherever they may go . . .  Guard and guide all those who purpose that the final frontier be a place where God will triumph over evil, love over hate, and life over death.”

    Good.

    The whole world will be more likely to see peace with American hegemony over space.

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  3. 10 Cents:
    I wonder which version this Bible is.

    I don’t buy many paper books nowadays. Most of my new books are e-books.

    WashPo reported that it is a King James Version bible.

    Of course, Mikey Weinstein started mobilizing his anti-Christian mob:

    “The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) condemns, in as full-throated a manner as is humanly possible, the shocking and repulsive display of only the most vile, exclusivist, fundamentalist Christian supremacy,”

    https://www.nhpr.org/post/space-force-bible-blessing-national-cathedral-sparks-outrage

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