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Inauguration Day Prayer for President Ronald Reagan, by Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk (1985)

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We the people turn to You, O God, in prayer.
We have come again to this place which stirs our hearts
to reaffirm the highest ideals of our Nation.
The sacred oaths about to be pronounced in Your name
reflect the awesome responsibilities entrusted
to our President and Vice President
by the American people.

May You, who are the rock of ages,
guide them in protecting
the Constitution of our beloved Commonwealth,
founded in faith,
which ensures unity without uniformity.
Sustain them, O God,
as they advance the American way
which “gives to bigotry no sanction”[1] Cf. George Washington, Letter to the Jews of Newport, August 17th, 1790.  
to “malevolence no hope.”[2] Ibid, but with creative liberty. 

O source of all life,
enshrine in their hearts the knowledge
that all are created in Your image
and that life —
Your gift to us —
is sacred.

Inspire our leaders
to defeat hunger and hurt,
to promote compassion
and to find successful ways
to assure the weak their share of America’s promise.

In humility,
we pray that this opportunity for renewal
will advance reconciliation in the family of nations,
guaranteeing peace in our world and tranquility
in the farthest reaches of our universe.

May those who follow us,
our children and our children’s children,
bless our President and Vice President,
their families,
and all those associated with them in Government,
and may all remember this time
and this administration
as that in which their future was made secure.

O God, may You, who makes peace in high places,
help us here on Earth to find the way to peace.

Blessed are You, O God.
Aleichem Shalom, grantor of peace. Amen.

This prayer by Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk at the second inauguration of President Ronald Reagan was recorded in the United States’ Congressional Record on January 21, 1985.

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Inauguration Day Prayer for President Ronald Reagan by Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk (1985) part 1

Inauguration Day Prayer for President Ronald Reagan by Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk (1985) part 2

Notes

Notes
1 Cf. George Washington, Letter to the Jews of Newport, August 17th, 1790.
2 Ibid, but with creative liberty.

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