Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Thankful Beginning

I am grateful for my American Heritage and I am proud of our early beginnings, our commitment to limited self government, and the protection of God given rights. The Mayflower Compact is a good place to start, because it was the first time in history when a group of people banded together for a distinct purpose - to serve the Holy One. Below, I posted the entire Mayflower Compact. It is short, simple and to the point. I added emphasis to show our Godly foundation. I hope it will bless you as it has me.
Charlie Patricoff

The Mayflower Compact

At Sea
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
November, 1620

In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, e&.

Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.

In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620.”

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