Airborne Prayers & Toasts

The following are a few of the Airborne prayers that I have and that have been sent to me. Please feel free to submit any others that you have.

The Airborne Forces Prayer

May the defence of the Most High be above and beneath, around and within us, in our going out and in our coming in, in our rising up and in our going down all our days and all our nights, until the dawn when the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in his wings for the people of the world.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Support us, O Lord, all the day long of this earthly life, till the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of live is over, and our work done. Then in Your mercy grant us safe lodging, a welcome rest, and peace at least.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Airborne Toast

I have ridden the skies in great machines, hooked up and jumped with the best of men. I have fought long and hard, and when I felt I had no energy left, I have been fired by the fear that if I stopped fighting, my comrades would die. And when I was in danger, enemy all around, I heard the thunder from my left and my right, as my life was defended. I have never been alone. I live, jump, fight and battle to victory with the greatest assemblage of men on earth.

Gentlemen, to the brotherhood of the Airborne.

To the Airborne!

Airborne Prayer

I was that which others did not want to be. I went where others feared to go. And did what others failed to do. I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness, should I fail. I have seen the face of terror, felt the cold sting of fear, and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment of love. I have cried, pained and hoped, but most of all I have lived times others would say were best forgotten. At least someday I will be able to say I was proud of what I was!

An Airborne Soldier

Prière du Para

Donnez-moi, mon Dieu, ce qui vous reste
Donnez-moi ce qu’on ne vous demande jamais.
Je ne vous demande pas le repos
Ni la Tranquillité
Ni celle de l’âme, ni celle du corps.

Je ne vous demande pas la richesse
Ni le succès, ni même la santé.
Tout ça, mon Dieu, on vous le demande tellement
Que vous ne devez plus en avoir.
Donnez-moi, mon Dieu, ce qui vous reste.
Donnez-moi ce que l’on vous refuse.
Je veux l’insécurité et l’inquiétude.
Je veux la tourmente et la bagarre
Et que vous me les donniez, mon Dieu, définitivement.

Que je sois sûr de les avoir toujours
Car je n’aurais pas toujours le courage
De vous le demander
Donnez-moi, mon Dieu, ce qui vous reste.
Donnez-moi ce dont les autres ne veulent pas.
Mais donnez-moi aussi le courage
Et la force et la Foi.

André Zirnheld,
Parachutiste de la France Libre

Mort au Champ d’Honneur en 1942

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