A United States Of America Proclamation
Remix by Joe Mason
Where, as the Senate of the United States devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and Just Government of Almighty God, in all Affairs of man and of nations has by a resolution requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National Prayer for Humiliation to others; and whereas it is the duty of nations, as well as men to own up to their dependence upon the overruling power of God. To confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed where God is the Lord.
And insomuch as we know that by His Divine Law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world. May we not justly fear that the awful calamity of wars, which now desolates the lands, may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people?
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hands which, which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us. And we have mainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all those blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own, intoxicated with unbroken success. We have become too self-sufficient to fuel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended power of God, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
Now, therefore in compliance with the request and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do by this my Proclamation designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April 1893; as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer; and I do hereby request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their sacred places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day Holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.
All this being done in sincerity and truth. Let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine Teachings, that the united cry of the nations will be heard on high. And answered with blessings no less than the pardon of our national sins, and restoration of our; now divided and suffering, country to the former happy condition of unity, peace and harmony.
Shall God Then Bless America
(Remix by A Child Of God from the former Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation)