Wednesday, November 3, 2010

LAUS DEO / Washington Monument

The elections are over. The new bunch will be starting soon, with the wisdom we, as Americans, hope they will show. We put them in the hands of our Lord that they will do right for our country. As they look out of their windows in DC, let them look at the monuments, and remember what our great country was built upon.

This is an amazing fact about our Washington Monument!

Do you know what it means? LAUS DEO

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 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)

It is hoped you will send this to every child you know; to every sister, brother, father, mother or friend. They will not find offense, because you have given them a lesson in history that they probably never learned in school. With that, be not ashamed, or afraid, but have pity on those who will never see this.


Charlene said...

I am thankful the words put there do not say: Praise our Christian God. SMILE

jojo said...

how could we have come so far from that place of gratitude and praise? sad indeed.

Hoping the Blind Will See said...

Nice post! I knew this, but it's always nice to be reminded, and especially nice to be able to read it now and again. I'll be sharing this, I hope everyone will read it.

Butternutsage said...

thank you for sharing this. Let's put God back in the forefront of this wonderful country. He blessed us once and we turned our backs, let's pray that we have been given a second chance to bring God back to America!

Doug Indeap said...

Take care in quoting the founders, particularly about religion. Fakes abound, including the so-called Washington's prayer you quote. It is a much doctored rewriting of part of a circular letter sent by Washington to the governors of the states in 1783, when he resigned from the Army. As explained by Chris Rodda: "This paragraph was altered by a church, inserting a few "Thys," "Thous," and "Thees," and adding the "Almighty God" opening at the beginning, and the "through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen" closing to the end, thus creating Washington's "prayer for the nation." This fabricated prayer was put on plaques in several churches associated for one reason or another with Washington, then spread to to the Christian nationalist American history books, and eventually to the internet . . . ."" See also

That corgi :) said...

I didn't know that about the Washington Monument. So very interesting. I am thinking that at the time that the monument was made that when people said "Praise be to God" they meant the One True God, father of our precious Lord and Savior. I think there might be a book out about prayers of presidents or something, because I remember reading prayers from presidents and being moved about their faith.

God's (the one true God) kingdom will advance no matter who is in the White House or in the Senate or House of Representatives, and his authority is the only one that really matters :)


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DaBlade said...

I ran that through my anagram machine and all I came up with was "LOUD SEAL". I like the actual translation better. Great post. Oh, and I'm back.

Hannah said...

Wow-- that is so neat. I didn't know that. I love it!

Missy said...

I LOVE this! So cool! Thanks for sharing!

Gloria'sSpanishView said...

Hey there Linda, it's Gloria!!!! I'm not blogging at the moment but thought I'd pop in to say hello to you, my dear friend. Have been so very busy but hopefully I'll be able to pick up with my blogging again, perhaps in the New Year but I'll try to pop in every so often to see what you're up to!! Big hugs to you Lindaxxx