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Chapel Services & Prayers
Selections from "Chapel Services & Prayers", 1956
Submitted by C. Gray

In Memory of Alfred Wild Gardner, 1895-1918
First Lieutenant, 305th Infantry, DSC
Class of 1914, St. Paul's School
Extract from General Order 41, 77th Division, 1918
1st Lieutenant Alfrd Gardner, Company E., 305th Infantry, who in the Argonne Forest on the afternoon of October 3rd, 1918, in an attack on a series of strong German machine gun nests, with utter disregardof his personal danger, led his Company up the steep slope of a ravine in the face of a murderous machine gun fire, and was himself killed in action. In so doing he afforded the men of his command an example of exceptional devotion to duty and bravery and self-sacrifice, and in his life and death has been a constant inspiration to his men.

(To be said by all)
Grant, O Lord,
That in all the joys of life we may never forget to be kind.
Help us to be unselfish in friendship,
Thoughtful of those less happy than ourselves,
And eager to bear the burdens of others;
Through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

(To be said by the Rector)
O God, who art in every place, and from whose knowledge no time or distance can ever remove us; May all who have gone out from this School, whether far or near, still be present with thee. Defend them, O Lord, in all their dangers both of soul and body,and grant that they and we, drawing near to thee, may be drawn to one another by the unseen chain of they love; that whether or not, according as it seemeth best unto thee, we meet together here on earth, we may surely meet again in the final Resurrection, and rejoice together in the fellowship of thy saints, in that house of many mansions which thy blessed Son hath prepared for those that love thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in thy mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.

O Lord, who hast promised that thy holy city Jerusalem shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof; Grant thy blessing on our holiday, and give us the zest to enjoy our freedom; that with bodies and minds refreshed, we may joyfully serve thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Put far off from us, O God, all worry and misgiving; that having done our best while it was day, we may when the night cometh commit ourselves, our tasks, and those we love, into they keeping, and accept from thee the gift of sleep; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bless, O Lord, all the members of our families, and keep them in health and strength. Be with them in their going out and their coming in. Help us to be faithful to their trust in us; and keep us all free from sin. Preserve us waking,and guard us sleeping; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.