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The Lord's Prayer
The Naval Prayer

The Naval Collect

The Royal Marines Prayer
The Commando Prayer
Nelson's Prayer

The Naval Hymn
The National Anthem
Words of Remembrance

The Lord's Prayer (Traditional Version)

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who tresspass against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.


The Naval Prayer

O eternal Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens and rulest the raging of the sea; who hast compassed the waters with bounds until day and night come to an end: Be pleased to receive into thy almighty and most gracious protection the persons of us thy servants and the Fleet in which we serve. Preserve us from the dangers of the sea and of the air and from the violence of the enemy; that we may be a safeguard unto our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth and her dominions, and a security for such as pass on the seas upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants of our Islands and Commonwealth may in peace and quietness serve thee our God; and that we may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of the land with the fruits of our labours and with a thankful remembrance of thy mercies to praise and glorify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Naval Collect

Go before us, O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favours and further us with thy continual help that in all our works begun, continued and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Royal Marines Prayer

O ETERNAL LORD GOD, who through many generations has united and inspired the members of the Corps, grant thy blessing, we beseech thee, on Royal Marines serving all round the globe. Bestow thy crown of righteousness upon all our efforts and endeavours, and may our laurels be those of gallantry and honour, loyalty and courage. We ask these things in the name of him whose courage never failed, our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen


The Commando Prayer

O Eternal Lord God, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, grant thy blessing we beseech thee on Commando Forces serving all around the Globe. Help us to run with endurance the race that is set before us. May neither opposition without, nor discouragement within divert us from our goal. Inspire in us both strength of mind and steadfastness of purpose; that we may meet all fears and difficulties with unswerving courage, and fulfil with quiet fidelity the tasks committed to our charge. We ask this through him who for the finishing of thy work laid down his life; our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sources: Revd David Devenney RN (Retd), Harry Bisseker (1878-1965), Anglican priest, theologian, writer and headmaster of Leys School, Cambridge. Sir Francis Drake (1543-1596).


Nelson’s Prayer

May the great God, whom I worship, grant to my country and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious victory: and may no misconduct, in any one, tarnish it: and may humanity after victory be the predominant feature in the British fleet.

For myself individually, I commit my life to Him who made me and may His blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my country faithfully.

To Him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend.

Amen. Amen. Amen.


The Naval Hymn

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm doth bind the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea.

O Saviour, whose almighty word
The winds and waves submissive heard,
Who walkest on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage did sleep:
O hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea.

O Sacred Sprit, who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
Who bad’st its angry tumult cease,
And gavest light and life and peace:
O hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea.

FAA: Lord, guard and guide all those who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky.
Be with them always in the air,
In darkening storms or sunlight fair;
Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air!

RM: Eternal Father, grant, we pray
To all Marines, both night and day,
The courage, honour, strength, and skill
Their land to serve, thy law fulfil;
Be thou the shield forevermore
From every peril to the Corps.

SUBMARINERS: Lord God, our power for evermore,
Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,
Dive with our men beneath the sea;
Traverse the depths protectively.
O hear us when we pray, and keep
them safe from peril in the deep.

FAMILIES: God, who dost still the restless foam,
Protect the ones we love at home.
Provide that they should always be
By thine own grace both safe and free.
O Father, hear us when we pray
For those we love when far away.

O Trinity of love and power,
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect us whereso’er we go:
And ever let there rise to thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

Words: William Whiting (1825-78)


The National Anthem

God save our gracious Queen!
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
And give us ever cause,
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the Queen.


Words of remembrance

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

we will remember them.

We will remember them