By Father Johnathan Filkins, St. Barnabas Anglican
The Picayune Item
Law Enforcement Recognition Day was held recently at the Criminal Justice Building, of the Picayune Police Department.
The service led by the Very Rev. Fr. Jonathan J. Filkins of St. Barnabas Anglican Church, was held in conjunction with the National Law Enforcement Recognition Day, which honors officers who have fallen in the line of duty.
Father Filkins delivered a special service and recitation of a poem he composed in honor of the men and women who “serve and protect” and risk their lives for the safety of area residents,and to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our safety.
The poem is printed below in it’s entirety.
Picayune's Finest and Our Fallen
By Father Jonathan J. Filkins
O Picayune, our Picayune, we gather here today,
to honor those who fell and stand for us, often, in harm's way.
It is for our Law Enforcement, as we gratefully join together,
by lauding those who, in us, are enshrined within hearts forever.
O Picayune, our Picayune, we mourn for those loved and lost,
who have given their last full measure, and paid the ultimate, cost.
May their widows, children and families have comfort, as we now here can tell,
the loss of these loved ones were not for naught, as we wish their spirits' well.
O Picayune, our Picayune, we offer our praise to Heaven,
that in their examples shone to us, this provides the fullest leaven;
Grant to us, we ask you, thy abundant Grace to see,
the sacrifice of those who have so nobly served, and then been called to thee.
O Picayune, our Picayune, keep safe those 'ere ready to draw the line,
betwixt the devil, and his kin, to protect the better kind.
May they be blessed with your providence assured,
and always kept in the arms, of our God's good cure.
O Picayune, our Picayune, forever grateful we,
for those in blue, or brown, or gray, so we may thus be free.
For those before us and those to come,
for those who serve others, well past, when the day is done.
O Picayune, our Picayune, may God so guide us well,
that in these our fleeting days, when living under freedom's spell,
May we be secure in the knowledge, who is keeping order, and peace,
and remember them daily, in our prayers, and never, never, cease.
Fr. Jon Filkins