Governors are sent by Him to punish the evildoers and praise the virtuous (1 Peter 2:14).

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The Chaplain, the Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, offered the following prayer:

Gracious and merciful God, we give You thanks for giving us another day.

In this Chamber, where the people's House gathers, we pause to offer You gratitude for the gift of this good land on which we live, and for this great Nation which You have inspired in developing over so many years.

Send Your spirit of peace to those places of our world where so many live with war and violence. We ask a special blessing upon the people of Syria.

Give to us and all people a vivid sense of Your presence, that we may learn to understand each other, to respect each other, to work with each other, to live with each other, and to do good to each other. So shall we make our Nation great in goodness, and good in its greatness.

May all that is done this day be for Your greater honor and glory.

Amen. ____________________


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