Fathers and friends
Once upon a time we prayed for those who travel by land or by sea. In the twentieth century it became necessary to add a petition for those who travel by air.
We've now been in space for more than half a century. People travel into space almost on a regular basis--and it will become regular just as soon as spaceports now under construction make it possible to travel from New Mexico to Hong Kong in 90 minutes. People live in space for months at a time and carry holy ikons among their personal possessions. In a few years we'll have people travelling to Mars.
I believe it's time we added a new petition:
For those who travel by land, by sea, and by air, and beyond the air.
The petition at present doesn't cover space travelers. I would phrase it this way because to me, "those who travel into outer space" somehow sounds almost corny. Someone I talked to suggested (off the top of his head) that the petition for those who travel by air includes the aerial realm. But then we'd sort of be botching the English language. The "aerial realm" really means in the air; and for us it also has the special connotation of the noetic realm of angelic spirits, fallen or otherwise. And that, to borrow a phrase from Shakespeare, is "out of the air."
What do you all think of this suggestion?
And asking your prayers,
Herman the batty