This week, as our parish priest was blessing two new Bibles we got ourselves for Christmas, he pointed out to me the following in his prayer book. Prepared (perhaps) against the day when Jump Drive is invented, the Church has already established a prayer blessing Travellers in space, and a rite for the blessing of a space craft:
A blessing for space Travellers
O God who has created the heavens and the earth; guide and preserve
those who penetrate the vastness of outer space; and grant that we who
learn from their explorations may come to perceive the majesty of thy
creation and turn to thee for grace to use that knowledge for the good
of all mankind. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Blessing of space craft
O God the king and Lord of all, who hast created all things in the
Universe: graciously hear our prayers and bless this craft now prepared
for journeys of they servants in space. Be present with those charged
with its navigation, protect them in all perils; prosper them in their
course, and bring them to their destination; and at length, conduct them
in safety to the haven where they would be. Through thy Son, Jesus
Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost,
ever one God, world without end. Amen.
my Traveller universe, Christian chapels are a common sight at
most class A & B starports. Priests, monks and nuns serve at these
chapels to minister to the spiritual needs of travellers, and to serve
as conduits of communication between the planetary diocese and the
parent jurisdiction. Travellers may ask a blessing for themselves or the
ships in which they travel.
The referee must determine based on government code and cultural factors how much autonomy the Church has on a world.
Startport Chapel Present (2d)