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Palaces and Courts of the Exposition
The Prayer of Bishop Nichols
Episcopal Diocese of California,
Given at the
Opening of the Exposition
The Blessing of God Almighty, the God of the Ages, the God of the Oceans, the God of the Continents, the God of the Genius of man and the God of every Exposition of human achievement and progress - the Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, be upon you and remain with you always.
The 148th Psalm
Rabbi Meyer of San Francisco
at the Opening of the Exposition
Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the Heights.
Praise ye Him, all His Angels; praise ye, all His hosts.
Praise ye Him, sun and moon; praise Him all ye stars of light.
Praise Him, ye heaven of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the Lord; for He commanded and they were created.
He hath also established them for ever and ever; He hath made a decree which shall not pass.
Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps.
Fire and hail, snow and vapors; stormy wind fulfilling His word;
Mountains and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars;
Beasts and all cattle; creeping things and flying fowl;
Kings of the earth and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth.
Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children.
Let them praise the name of the Lord; for His name alone is excellent;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
He also exalteth the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto Him. Praise ye the Lord.
The Prayer of Bishop E. J. Hanna
of the Catholic Diocese
the Opening of the Exposition
O God of our Fathers, in Whose power are the destinies of men, in Whose hands are the ends of the world, look down with loving-kindness on Thy children here gathered in Thy Name. From the uttermost bounds of the earth have we come to commemorate one of man's greatest achievements adown the ages. Make us, Thy children, realize that Thou art the source of light and of inspiration; make us realize that great things are wrought through Thee alone.
To the city of St. Francis, enthroned in beauty by the western sea, give the grace of kindly hospitality, the blessing of an ever-widening vision of true greatness, a faith and a hope that know not failure. To our glorious California give abundance of harvest, a bounteous plenty of Thy treasures and a valiant race of men blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy law. To our favored land, which is from sea to sea, vouchsafe strength and unity and that peace which the world cannot give. Make us feel that the mighty City of God rises sublime through the centuries only when built on the foundations of justice and of truth; and, finally, to all the nations here represented, grant a vision of the highest things of life - of the things that make for true progress, for real brotherhood, for lasting union, for unfailing love, for mighty achievement in time, and for that glory which is everlasting.