January 30, 2006

A 1955 Prayer Book

...I have is particularly politically incorrect today. I love these glimpses into how dramatically and quickly a culture can change. It contains a line in a prayer for today's saint, St. Martina, that is inconceivable in today's environment where it's an affront to use the word "mankind" instead of "humankind":
Oh God, Who, among other wonders of Thy might, dost grant even to the weaker sex the victory of martyrdom; mercifully grant that we, who celebrate the heavenly birthday of Blessed Martina, They Virgin and Martyr, may progress, through her example, ever closer unto Thee.

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