As Lyndon Baines Johnson and Hubert Horatio Humphrey each places his hand on the Bible to take his oath of office, let them know and let us feel that the hands of all of us join theirs in this symbolic avowal that Thou art supreme and Thy Holy Word our eternal challenge.
We ask for no miracles beyond the miracle which is always with us, if we will only use it, the power of love to transform foes into friends, slaves into free-men, the curse of war and poverty into the benediction of concord and plenty.
May this inauguration mark. O Lord, the renewal of a people unafraid of the tasks of greatness, a turning point in American history when we move closer to the realization of President Johnson’s dream of a better life for every citizen, and of uniting with all who are dedicated to the continuance of humanity’s immemorial, heroic journey toward freedom and prosperity, justice, and peace. Amen.
This prayer by Rabbi Hyman Judah Schachtel, Congregation Beth Israel (Houston, Texas), was recorded in the United States’ Congressional Record on January 20, 1965.
“Inauguration Day Prayer for President Lyndon B. Johnson by Rabbi Hyman Judah Schachtel (1965)” is shared by Hyman Judah Schachtel with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.