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Jubilee Year Invitation

147th Anniversary of the Issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation
September 22, 2009


Dear ________________________:

I invite you to join me in a private Jubilee year fellowship reading of the Battle Hymn of the Republic to commemorate the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.  The Emancipation Proclamation while freeing some of my descendants who were slaves in the South also officially gave us the right to serve in this government.  It stated:

“I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves… are, and henceforward shall be forever free … and I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said services.”

The issuance of the proclamation was secured by the sacrifice of more than ten thousand lives at the Battle of Antietam.  President Lincoln made a covenant with God that he would “free the slaves should by his grace the union army drive the enemy from Maryland”.  The Soldiers of our government were filled with the Spirit and willingly sacrificed themselves for the good of others.  They sang with fervent resolve the refrain of the Battle Hymn “as he died to make us holy let us die to make men free”.  That day the United States’ true manifest destiny came into being.  Wars were fought for land, money or kingdoms – Not to free others.  We serve in a Government dedicated to the freedom of others.

I designate and believe you to be a descendant in spirit of those soldiers who sacrificed their last full measure for the good of others.  Confident of your qualify and honor, I invite you meet with me for fellowship of not more than 15 minutes to read silently or aloud the following poem that defined our Nation.


Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.

I have seen him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read his righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel, writ in burnished rows of steel;
As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the hero, born of woman crush the serpent with his heel;
Since God is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hears of men before his judgment seat;
Oh! Be swift my soul, to answer Him! Be jubilant my feet;
Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea;
With the glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free;
While God is marching on.


In the Spirit of Our Government’s True Manifest Destiny, Love and Sacrifice of All.

Your Co-Worker, __________________________________________