From the Congressional Record Online through GPO
Rabbi Hershel Lutch, MEOR Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland, offered
the following prayer:
Almighty God, we pray this day for wisdom, humility, courage, and
We pray that You endow the distinguished Members of this House with
the wisdom to develop legislation that advances the noble aims of our
Nation and the honorable needs of her citizens.
Lord, we pray that You grant us humility to know that we are Your
subjects and it is Your children for whom we toil.
We pray for steadfast courage to champion justice with fortitude and
to battle tyranny with vigor.
O Lord, we pray this day that Your blessings of safety, success, and
serenity rest on each Member, staff, and security officer of this
House, and we pray that we might make continued room for Your presence
in our hearts and in the soul of our great Nation.
Gracious God, we thank You today and every day for the profound gift
that these United States represent in our lives. Both for those here at
home and for people around the world, America stands as a beacon of
hope and leadership in times of challenge and conflict.
May God bless this House of Representatives and may God bless the
United States of America.