Department of Recreation

Pre-Match Prayer

Individuals have asked for information on the prayer said prior to our match against Ashland University (Fall 2009).

“Lord, You know that which I must do this day. If I forget Thee, please do not forget me.”

At the time, it was stated that the prayer was said by British troops prior to leaving the trenches to assault the German lines. While that is true, it’s origins trace back to the English Civil War in the 1600s and was first spoken by Sir Jacob Astley prior to the Battle of Edgehill:

“O Lord, Thou knowest how busy I must be this day. If I forget Thee, do not forget me… March on, boys!”

Here are some references about the Sir Jacob Astley and the prayer:
http://www.british-civil-wars.co.uk/biog/astley.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Astley,_1st_Baron_Astley_of_Reading