Prayer of the Hospital Corpsman

Guide my hands oh Lord, and renew my resolve.
Strengthen me in my hour of truth,
and increase my courage to see the mission through.
The men in my care, hear their cries, and see their tears.
Restore their health quickly, so they can gird up themselves
and carry on in battle valiantly.
If they should face death, welcome them into your rest
where they will dwell in peace eternally.
Shield me from the attacks of the enemy,
and keep my hands steady.
Calm my heart in the face of the storm
so I can fulfill my duties and triage correctly.
Allow these men to find solitude in their pain;
take their thoughts away from the severity of their injuries.
Focus their thoughts on the beauty of the women they love,
and bring back fond memories of their families.
In their hour of agony, provide them an escape.
Heavenly Father, for the light of your love we wait.
In the hell of warfare, for your angels we await.



A Prayer for Men at Sea

O Lord, protect us as we go out onto the sea.

The waters are dark and the depths are deep.

Cause your face to shine on us and do not remember our faults.

Send your angels to comfort us in our hour of fear;

guide us in your secret paths, and reassure our spirits,

for we are but mortal men, and in our flesh we tremble.

Calm the tempestuous seas round about us,

for the waves roar and are angry.

Come to our rescue lest we are overtaken and drown.

Temper the winds that blow violently and that howl throughout the night.

Father, place your hand over this vessel and protect her from bow to stern;

guide the captain’s hands and make them tried–and–true.

Protect all souls on this vessel, and strengthen our spirit.

Increase our hope and resolve in that faithful moment of truth.

If the hour falls upon us and we perish, 

bring our souls into your eternal light, and accept us into your kingdom.

We thank you for your love and mercy on us.

Bless us and bring us into your light, always.

In your son’s name we pray.

Amen.