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Greater love hath no man than this,

that a man lay down his life for others.

The Book of John: Chapter 15:13

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"May They Not Be Forgotten,"
"Brother when you weep for me,
Remember that it was meant to be.
Lay me down and when you leave,
Remember I'll be at your sleeve.
In every dark and choking hall,
I'll be there as you slowly crawl.
On every roof in driving snow,
I'll hold your coat and you will know.
In cellars hot with searing heat,
At windows where a gate you meet,
In closets where young children hide,
You know I'll be there at your side.
The house from which I now respond Is overstaffed with heroes gone.
Men who answered one last bell Did the job and did it well.
As firemen, we understand
That death's a card dealt in our hand -- A card we hope we never play,
But one we hold there anyway.
That card is something we ignore,
As we crawl across a weakened floor.
For we know that we're the only prayer.
For anyone that might be there.
So remember, as you wipe your tears,
The joy I knew throughout the years.
As I did the job I loved to do,
I pray that thought will see you through."

Recited by Senator Edward Kennedy
"Worchester Massachusets Fire"

St. Florian's Prayer
Dear God, Through the intercession of our patron, Saint Florian,
have mercy on the souls of our comrades who have made the supreme sacrifice
in the performance of their duty,
and on all who have gone before us after years of faithful discharge
of their responsibilities which now rest on ourselves.
Give us Grace to prepare each day for our own summons to Thy tribunal of justice.
Into Thy hands O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Withersoever Thou callest me, I am ready to go.
Merciful Father of all men, save me from all bodily harm, if it be Thy will,
but above all, help me to be loyal and true,
respectful and honorable, obedient and valiant.
Thus fortified by virtue, I shall have no fear,
for I shall then belong to Thee and shall never be separated from Thee.


By: Richard Cardinal Cushing
Archbishop of Boston
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