The ever-watchful DoomHamster phoned me today to remind me to post about today being the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, with its dreadful loss of life. On 14th April 1912, just before midnight, the great ship hit an iceberg, and in the early hours of the 15th April, Titanic foundered.
There are no longer any survivors of that dreadful tragedy still alive, and she and I both feel strongly that it is important to commemorate those who died on the ship and those who survived and have since died.
Memory Eternal !
O God of spirits and of all flesh, Who hast trampled down death and overthrown the Devil, and given life to Thy world, do Thou, the same Lord, give rest to the souls of Thy departed servants in a place of brightness, a place of refreshment, a place of repose, where all sickness, sighing, and sorrow have fled away.
Pardon every transgression which they have committed, whether by word or deed or thought. For Thou art a good God and lovest mankind; because there is no man who lives yet does not sin, for Thou only art without sin, Thy righteousness is to all eternity, and Thy word is truth.
For Thou are the Resurrection, the Life, and the Repose of Thy servants who have fallen asleep, O Christ our God, and unto Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thy Father, who is from everlasting, and Thine all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever unto ages of ages. Amen.