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:

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.

Amen. ____________________


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