Morning Prayer for the Future of the Human Race
O God our heavenly Father, you have blessed us and given us dominion over all the earth: Increase our reverence before the mystery of life; and give us new insight into your purposes for the human race, and new wisdom and determination in making provision for its future in accordance with your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The photo is of a bas relief that is part of a monument to Carl Schurz (created by Karl Bitter) which stands at one of the entrances to Morningside Park at 116th Street and Morningside Drive in Manhattan. Here is a link to the article reporting the unveiling of the statue of Mr. Schurz in 1913. Here is a link to the Wikipedia entry on Carl Schurz, who had quite an interesting history.)