Washington’s Prayer. Washington Monument?!

LAUS DEO

Do you  know what it means?

LAUS  DEO

One  detail that is never mentioned is that in Washington, D.C. There can never be a building of greater height than the Washington  Monument.

With  all the uproar about removing the ten commandments, etc., this is  worth a moment or two of your time.  I was not aware of this  amazing historical information.

On the aluminum cap, atop the  Washington Monument in Washington , D.C. ,are displayed two  words:

Laus  Deo.

No  one can see these words.  In fact, most visitors to the monument  are  totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably  couldn't care less.

Once  you know Laus  Deo's history , you will want to share this with everyone you know.  These words have been there for many years;  they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument,  facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square  miles which comprise the District of Columbia , capital of the United  States of America

Laus Deo!  Two  seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words. Out of sight and, one might  think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest point  over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world.

So,  what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables andonly seven letters, possibly mean?  Very simply, they  say ' Praise be to God!'

Though  construction of this giant obelisk began  in 1848,  when James Polk was President of the United States, it was not  until 1888 that  the monument was inaugurated and opened to the  public.  It  took twenty-five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to  the Father of our nation: 

Laus Deo! 'Praise  be to God!'

From  atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into  four major segments.  From that vantage point, one can also  easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant:

a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House  to the north.  The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the  Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the  west.

A  cross you ask?  Why a cross?  What about separation of  church and state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was  not, is not, in the Constitution.  So, read on. How interesting  and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who  bother to notice.

Praise  be to God!  Within  the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings.  As one  climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the memorial stones share  a message.

  • On  the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore

  • On  the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese  Christians;

  • On  the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia, quoting Proverbs  10:7 , Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6   –  Praise be to  God!

When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument  was laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the  Holy Bible presented by the Bible  Society. Praise  be to God!  Such  was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the  founder and first President of our unique democracy  'One  Nation, Under God.'

I am awed by Washington 's prayer for America. Have you ever read it? Well, now is your unique opportunity, so read  on!

Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that  Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt  incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination  and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love  for one another and for the fellow citizens of the United States at large.  And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to  do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity,  humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the  Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of  whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation.  Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our  Lord.  Amen.

Laus Deo!

When one stops to observe the inscriptions found  in public places all over our nation's capitol, he or she will easily find  the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look. You may forget the width and height of 'Laus Deo ', its location, or the  architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget its meaning, or  these words:

'Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in  vain'  (Psalm 127: 1)

It  is hoped you will send this to every child you know; to every sister,brother, father, mother or friend.  They will not find offense, because  you have given them a lesson in history that they probably never learned in school.  With that, be not ashamed, or afraid, but have pity on those  who will never see this because someone failed to send it on.

 

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