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Inauguration Day Prayer for President Richard M. Nixon, by Rabbi Seymour Siegel (1973)

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O Lord, Creator of all beginnings:
We thank You for the opportunity of starting anew.
Today those whom we have chosen to lead our country —
President Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew —
pledge again their commitment to serve You
and this great and blessed Nation.
Grant them the wisdom to understand their true task;
the courage to pursue it;
and the health and vigor to persist in it.

O Lord, source of all peace:
We ask You with all our hearts
that we be granted peace,
for which we all yearn.
Bless us and our leaders
with harmony,
and strength of purpose
so that we may better fulfill our responsibilities
to You and to our fellow man.
Bring us nearer to You
and thus closer to each other —
for next to being Your children
our greatest privilege is that we are brothers of each other.

On this historic occasion
we praise You in ancient words of blessing:

בּרוך אתּה
יי אלהינו
מלך העולם
אשר חלק מכבודו
לבשר ודם.
Blessed are You,
O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who shares a portion of His glory
with mortal man.

This prayer by Rabbi Seymour Siegel at the second inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon was recorded in the United States’ Congressional Record on January 20, 1973.

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