From the Congressional Record Online through GPO
The Chaplain, the Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, offered the following
Almighty God, on a day when violence has come to this assembly, we
ask Your blessing on our brother Representative Steve Scalise, the two
officers, and the staffer who have been shot. Bless the hands of those
who tend to their injuries.
We as Americans are blessed by a free and open society, with rights
secured by law and the Constitution. But once again we are reminded
that there is a vulnerability that comes with that openness.
May we all be vigilant in being good citizens, neighbors, and
defenders of our way of life at a time when so many challenges to our
way of life and government seem under siege.
We thank You for the men and women who respond to the crises that
befall us, especially the Capitol Police, and all first responders. May
their heroism and generosity of spirit be an inspiration to us all, and
may they be assured of our appreciation of their service.
And in this great silence, as we are gathered most dramatically as
this assembly at the people's House, may Republicans and Democrats be
mindful of the rare companionship they share, men and women who have
taken very public responsibility for our country, that carries so many
burdens and, today, the reminder, shared danger.
May this day be characterized by kindness, goodwill, and compassion
one to another.
God, bless America, and may all that is done this day be for Your
greater honor and glory.