LAUS DEO

PRAISE BE TO GOD




I thought that you and others may like to see this.


In Washington DC, 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 historical information.


On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington DC, 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 up, 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, un-noticed 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 was begun 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 is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west....a perfect cross.


A cross you may 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!

Proverbs 10:
7 ¶ The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

Luke 18:
16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Proverbs 22:
6 ¶ Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.


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 never 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", it's location, or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget it's 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 share existance of this page and its information with 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.


By Mary B. Jansen Lammert


For further reading and viewing of photographs on this subject matter, please check out Mary Jones' website.



DID YOU KNOW?!!

As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world's law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view ... it is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments!
Laus Deo


DID YOU KNOW?!!

As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.




DID YOU KNOW?!!

As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see on the wall, right above where the Supreme Court judges sit, a display of the Ten Commandments!




DID YOU KNOW?!!

There are Bible verses etched in stone all over our Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington, D.C.




DID YOU KNOW?!!

James Madison, the fourth president, known as "The Father of Our Constitution" made the following statement:

"We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."



DID YOU KNOW?!!

Patrick Henry, that patriot and Founding Father of our country said:

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ".

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DID YOU KNOW?!!

Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.



DID YOU KNOW?!!

Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies.




DID YOU KNOW?!!

Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law....an oligarchy....the rule of few over many. Sounds familiar, aye?




DID YOU KNOW?!!

The very first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said:

"Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers."




Now I ask, HOW have we gotten to the point that everything done for 220 years in this country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional when our forefathers, our government buildings, our constitution, our legacy say it is right ?


It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a mess about having the Ten Commandments on display or "In God We Trust" on our money and having God in the Pledge of Allegiance.





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As for me, I, Phyllis J. K. Owens, firmly stand by, beside and behind my conviction that I believe in, worship and love God and Jesus Christ.


It is my opinion that our country and its leaders are in a sad condition.......
we are little lost sheep who have lost our way.



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