I have seen videotape of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce breakfast to honor President John F. Kennedy on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963.
The Texas Boys Choir sang The Eyes of Texas are Upon You and Kennedy smiled and applauded.
The invocation was given by the Rev. Monsignor Vincent J. Wolf, who said: “Oh, eternal God, father of these United States of America, ....we are a beacon of hope and a shrine of liberty and justice for all. Our Founding Fathers proclaimed ‘the Creator.’ ... Assist our president of the United States that his administration will be useful and fruitful for the common good of thy people over whom he presides.”
The monsignor gave thanks for the food that “nourishes our bodies, the temples of our souls.”
“May we, with him be thine instruments in establishing a divine harmony in the world ... and give glory to God in the highest and on Earth — peace.”
A most noble invocation. Americans in 2013 can be instruments in fulfilling JFK’s goals for peace for the world and exerting positive advancements for the nation.
— James A. Marples, Longview