‘Let them be guided by Your merciful hand…’

Archbishop Demetrios, the NYC-based head of the Greek Orthodox Church in the U.S., offered the prayer of invocation at the DNC yesterday. I didn’t see it, but here’s the text:

demetrios.jpgLet us bow our heads in prayer.

Almighty God, the Giver of all that is good and true and noble, we bow our heads before You in thanksgiving for bringing us together at this Democratic National Convention. We offer thanks to You for the great gift of liberty and for the privilege of being residents and citizens of a nation that is called to be a model of justice, peace, and the rule of law. As we give thanks for these blessings, we humbly beseech You, Lord, to remember all of those who have given their lives in defense of these ideals over the course of our Nation’s history, so that through their sacrifices we may partake of the fruits of freedom which we enjoy today.
Guide the work of all the delegates who have assembled here as they vigorously promote the institutions of our democracy. Remember, Lord, Your servants who will be nominated as candidates for the highest offices of our land. Bless them and grant them strength and wisdom, as they work for our nation, and for its great mission among the nations of the Earth. Let them be guided by Your merciful hand, and thus contribute to the peace, prosperity, and security of our country and our world; for You are the source of these great blessings, and to You belong glory and thanksgiving, now and forever and ever. Amen.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.