Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Signature of God

One detail that is never mentioned is that in Washington , D.C. 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 amazing historical information.

On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington , D.C. , 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 high, 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, unnoticed 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 began 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 cross you 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!

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 ever 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 ', its location, or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget its 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)


LOVE YOUR POST. I am going to RT it on Twitter. Thanks for all the info. I love reading the History of our Nation that started Under God!! My heart breaks at how our nation has moved away from where we started.

I know! I sometimes feel like the only "patriot" out there! So many younger people dont even know what the constitution is! Its sad!


Wow! I never knew these things about the Washington Monument! But it also goes to show you that some of the things that go on in our society today should never be, because so much of the Christian influence is ingrained in our history as a country. These are the types of things that should be in the news, little tidbits of info that we would otherwise forget. Great post, thanks for sharing.

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Yes - thank you for the snopes view of the history. While there may be a couple of minor discrepancies - the fact remains that "Laus Deo"
is on the cap - there are biblical references on the steps - and George Washington did have a prayer. Whether the prayer was a personal prayer or reflecting the feelings of others at the time- the prayer was written. We weren't there when it was written or transcribed by David Cobb(?) - as the snopes article says- so we can safely conclude that in view of the fact a prayer was written....along with everything else that is in this blog post, is accurate.

A lot of what you have written in this post can also be found in the book "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown...I was in awe while I was reading it...to think that I have been to Europe, but I haven't even been to our Nations capital!!

Hello again,
I enjoyed your rendition of the story behind Laus Deo on my favorite building in Wash DC; the Washington monument. Your selection of photographs were equally good. Thank you!
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Best wishes,

I am supposed to tell you I am from Mom comment loop. Now that the formalities are finished, I wanted to thank you for sharing the christian foundations of our country. I think they are ignored far too often. I intend to share this post with my kids once school starts up again as part of our American History studies.

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I grew up in the D.C. area and the Washington Monument was under construction every time we went into DC. But I went back about 4 yrs ago and finally got to go up in it. I loved how they stopped the elevator on the descent so you could see all the different stone carvings on the interior.

thank you I enjoy seeing God's hand print in the history of this great nation. He has truly blessed America!

In Christ,

Hi Heather! It's Anne from Open Book Girls :) I'm finally getting around to posting your testimony on my blog this Wednesday. Are you OK with that - and can you do a post to direct your readers to my blog that morning? I'll set the post to run early in the morning (1am or so - so it will be ready for you to link to anytime after that)
I'll put your blog button up on my blog on Wed as well :)
Let me know...

Hi Heather, I'm hopping over from BF. I really enjoyed this post as this is a pretty hot button issue around the dinner table. One of my favorite Washington quotes is “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” I do not think that Washington would think that we are currently rightly governed.

Great info I am going to tweet it now. I am scared though as to what direction this country is going in regards to God.


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