Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Church n State

I just learned something new from Old Lightning about the Washington Monument; it has the words Laus Deo inscribed on its top. There's more, which I'll reproduce, again thanks to Old Lightning, it's a bit long but worth the read. Make of it what you will:

"One detail that is never mentioned is that in Washington , D.C. there can never be a building of greater height than the Washington Monument.

With all the uproar about removing the ten commandments, etc., this is worth a moment or two of your time. I was not aware of this amazing historical information.

On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington , D.C. , are displayed two words: Laus Deo.

No one can see these words.. In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably couldn't care less.

Once you know Laus Deo's history , you will want to share this with everyone you know. These words have been there for many years; they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America .

Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words. Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world.

So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they say ' Praise be to God!'

Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty-five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, Laus Deo 'Praise be to God!'

From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major segments. From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant ..a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north. The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.

A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the Constitution. So, read on. How interesting and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who bother to notice.

Praise be to God! Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings. As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the memorial stones share a message.

* On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore ;
* on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians;
* on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6. Praise be to God!

When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society. Praise be to God! Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy 'One Nation, Under God.'

I am awed by Washington 's prayer for America Have you ever read it? Well, now is your unique opportunity, so read on!

' Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.'

Laus Deo!

When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation's capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look. You may forget the width and height of 'Laus Deo', its location, or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget its meaning, or these words: 'Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.' (Psalm 127: 1)"

Perhaps the monument should be banned, just like crucifixes in Italian schools, or the 10 Commandments, or Christianity in Camden.

Laus Deo,



Anonymous said...

Thanks for this very interesting post! Our early structures are full of religious symbols. I'm surprised the ACLU hasn't had them all scrubbed clean yet.

LSP said...

ACLU - unhelpful at best.

I'm intrigued by Washington's (Church Warden?)prayer...

darlin said...

How very interesting. It would be nice if the children today would be allowed to recognize God in public and in the educational system. I know here in Canada Christ is now being taken out of Christmas, there are no more Christmas concerts at most of our schools and there is no mention of God our Savior in our cirriculum of public education. This would be why I prefer the Catholic educational system.

In the Catholic schools the children go to church on special occasions, there appears to be more structure and love amongst the children and the level of education is higher then the public schools. Coincidence? I think not.

I will give you an example, my niece who is now 14 came to reside with me just over a year ago and I enrolled her in the closet school I could find to our home. The school was a public school. One day there were police and dogs at her school going through the entire school and 12 JUNIOR HIGH students were taken out of the school for possession of drugs. Junior high... what happened to taking away bubble gum? We never had these issues when I was in school! I know that was some years ago but what is this world coming to?

This year I have her in a Catholic school, she enjoys singing in the church choir, her and her friends hug openly, there is the presence of God in the schools and she brings that positiveness home with her.

Praise be to God.

Have a great day LSP, hi ho, hi ho it's off to college I go! :-)

LSP said...

Thanks for that Darlin. I know what you mean about schools - the catholic option in Canada, certainly in Calgary & Edmonton, seems to make the most sense. I hope your niece is doing well!

darlin said...

We both have come a very long way in just over a year, thank you for asking. My niece has now entered into what I call the "normal" teenage phase. This phase is much easier to live with and love her through than what we have been through.

Life is good today and I do thank God for this

iluvmuzick said...

I just recently read Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" and it's alllll about the symbols in Washington and particularly the inscription of Laus Deo on the Washington Monument and how the lost symbol is the Bible which is found in the cornerstone...the lost word (word of God). You HAVE to read this book! It's very, very interesting.

Praise be to God!!!

LSP said...

Thanks Cindy - I'll be sure to look up that book.

God bless.