The time is December 1944, and things are looking like an end is coming into sight. Yet there is is one last throw that the Third Reich will make, the battle of the bulge. That December the weather looked to be conspiring with the forces of the Reich.
In mid-December, the Germans began an unexpected assault against the Americans, resulting in the six-week long Battle of the Bulge high in the mountains in the middle of winter. Extended bad weather (days of fog, snow, and torrential rain) grounded American airplanes and hindered the movement of American troops. General George Patton's forces bore the brunt of this attack and on the 8th of December, he made this request of the chaplain; "God has His part, or margin in everything, that's where prayer comes in. . . . We've got to get not only the chaplains but every man in the Third Army to pray. We must ask God to stop these rains." (1)
The chaplain [Chaplain O'Neill} responded in this way; "Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations." And between December 12-14, General Patton had cards distributed throughout his troops with the prayer on one side and his greeting "To each officer and soldier in the Third United States Army, I Wish a Merry Christmas. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We march in our might to complete victory. May God's blessings rest upon each of you on this Christmas Day." Then on December 20th, the weather cleared, allowing the planes to return to the air, leading to an eventual hard-fought victory for the Allies.