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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Commander Maurice S. Kaprow on 5 May 2004

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Commander Maurice S. Kaprow, Chaplain Corps, Norfolk , VA
Sponsor: Rep. Tom Feeney, (R-FL)
Date of Prayer: 05/05/2004

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Eternal God,
today as we gather in this historic and august chamber,
we pause to thank You
for the many blessings You have bestowed upon our Nation,
our constituents,
and ourselves.
Thank You
for making us the strongest,
most democratic
and compassionate Nation
in this wonderful,
yet troubled world.

As we meet here
in the safety of this House of Representatives,
let us remember the many members of our Armed Forces,
especially those serving far from home
in the midst of danger,
at the tip of the spear,
bringing the hope of democracy
where tyranny once ruled,
and the specter of peace
to those who for years cowered in terror
and lived in tumult.

We pray for the safe return
of those deployed to the four corners of the Earth,
sailors and Marines, soldiers, airmen, and Coast Guardsmen.
Guard their families
and give them strength to endure
until their service members
return to their homes
to welcoming arms
and the warm embrace
of those they love.

Grant us all life and peace,
courage and wisdom,
as we act today
and everyday
in the best interests of the citizens
of these United States,
while being ever mindful
of those throughout the world community.

And let us say,


108th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 150, No. 61 — Daily Edition (May 5, 2004)

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