GOD KEEP OUR LAND
Viewing Canada today one would be hard pressed to know we once gave place and honour to GOD Almighty in our land. Being known as a Christian Nation actually meant something.
The peace tower in Ottawa bears testimony to the faith our fathers put in God and His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. You will find the following phrases on the Peace Tower: East window: He shall have dominion also from sea to sea (Psalm 72:8) South window: Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son. (Psalm 72:1) West window: Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18).
When was the last time anyone in leadership demonstrated a real vision for the future of our land? It might be said that the people in Canada are in fact perishing.
The deliberate effort to distance ourselves from Christianity while subtle still demonstrates how far we have fallen. For example Canada Day used to be known as Dominion Day which had a direct tie and reference to the scripture above the east window in the Peace Tower.
Opening school days, parliament, council meetings and most gatherings included the reciting of the LORD'S Prayer. Swearing an oath on the Holy Bible was yet another example of place being given to the God of Christianity. Now we can just make a promise to tell truth.
The original anthem written in 1908 by Robert Stanley Weir shows the depth of relationship between man and God in his generation. They stand in stark contrast to what has been adopted as our official national anthem in 1980.
O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love thou dost in us command.
We see thee rising fair, dear land,
The True North, strong and free;
And stand on guard, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
O Canada! O Canada!
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee,
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.
O Canada! Where pines and maples grow,
Great prairies spread and lordly rivers flow,
How dear to us thy broad domain,
From East to Western sea!
Thou land of hope for all who toil!
Thou True North, strong and free!
O Canada! Beneath thy shining skies
May stalwart sons and gentle maidens rise,
To keep thee steadfast through the years
From East to Western sea,
Our own beloved native land,
Our True North, strong and free!
Ruler Supreme, Who hearest humble prayer,
Hold our dominion within Thy loving care.
Help us to find, O God, in Thee
A lasting, rich reward,
As waiting for the Better Day,
We ever stand on guard.
Parliamentary Opening Prayer
This is a portion of the prayer that was originally read in Parliament before the doors were open to the public. It was changed in recent years, but makes clear the place given to the Christ of the Holy Bible.
O Lord our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth: Most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth; and so replenish her with the grace of thy Holy Spirit that she may always incline to thy will and walk in thy way; Endue her plenteously with heavenly gifts: grant her in health and wealth long to live; strengthen her that she may vanquish and overcome all her enemies; and finally, after this life, she may attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord—Amen.