Sunday, August 29, 2010
Laus Deo, do you know what it means?
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. < /o:p> 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
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!
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)