whose way is in the sea
and whose paths are in the great waters
whose command is over all and whose love never faileth:
and obedient to Thy will.
guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and in deed,
that I can stand unashamed and unafraid before my shipmates,
Protect those in whose love I live.
Give me the will to do the work of a man
and to accept my share of responsibilities
with a strong heart and a cheerful mind.
Make me considerate of those entrusted to my leadership
of the traditions of the service of which I am a part.
If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith;
if I am tempted, make me strong to resist;
if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again.
Him by whose example and help I trust
to obtain the answer to my prayer,
Jesus Christ, our Lord.
—World War II Naval Chaplain