“Eternal Father, strong to save, whose arm doth bind the restless wave … O hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril on the sea” (Navy Hymn)
On This Date…
On November 11, 397 Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours, France, was buried; he died on November 8 at age 81 (born in year 316). He became a soldier at age 15, was baptized a Catholic Christian at 18, and after leaving the army became a monk, a priest, and on July 4, 371 a bishop. When he was about 17 he cut his military cloak in half, to give one half to a beggar who was cold.
On November 11, 1918 the armistice was signed ending World War I. During that war 8,538,315 armed forces were killed, including 126,000 Americans. The name “Armistice Day” was changed in 1954 to “Veterans Day” to honor all those, living and deceased, who have served in the military.
On November 11, 1989 Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., Archmere’s 4th headmaster, died in Sacred Heart Hospital in Chester, PA at age 77, after suffering a heart attack and then a stroke. Father Diny had served at Archmere for 51 years.
At the assembly this morning the Mastersingers sang, “Eternal Father, strong to save, whose arm doth bind the restless wave … O hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril on the sea”. We can pray those words tonight for Richard Grace ’44, who left Archmere at age 17, joined the Navy, and gave his life for our freedom, “in peril on the sea” no more, but in God’s heart.
– Father McLaughlin