‘Not for Self Alone’

Sen. John McCain greets admirers after an address to the Atlantic Council in 2013. | Atlantic Council | Flickr | bit.ly/2P8jvnR
Sen. John McCain greets admirers after an address to the Atlantic Council in 2013. | Atlantic Council | Flickr

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has issued this statement after the death of Sen. John McCain:

The life of Senator John Sidney McCain has been a witness to the nobility of living not for self alone but for the ideals and values that make for a better world.

With countless others, we of the Episcopal Church give God thanks for his life and service and pray likewise for his wife, children, and family.

May his soul and the souls of all the departed Rest in Peace and rise in glory. Amen.

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Sen. McCain’s funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 1 at Washington National Cathedral after his body lies in state in the U.S. Capitol’s rotunda.

The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, has released this statement:

Today, our hearts are with the family of Sen. John McCain, the people of Arizona and all those who mourn the loss of this American hero and patriot. We pray that his family may find comfort that Sen. McCain’s soul is at peace in the arms of his loving Creator.

In a town brimming with ambition and ego, Sen. McCain stood apart for his selfless devotion to his country, the men and women of our Armed Forces, and his family. Time and again, he pointed us toward the higher ideals of our national life, and we are grateful for his example. He modeled for all Americans what it means to live with honor and integrity.

In the tumult of Vietnam, he endured the most horrific torture, yet refused to condone the same for the enemies of freedom. Sen. McCain worked tirelessly to reclaim our politics from the monied interests and restore the levers of democracy to the people. Above all, his public service to the nation he loved so much was animated by the virtues of decency, civility and bipartisanship.

Together with all the saints in glory, we give thanks for the life and legacy of Sen. John Sidney McCain III. In his service may we find courage; in his sacrifice, honor; and in his example, a renewed commitment to the common good.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant John. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.


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