Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Shea Hecht on 30 November 2016

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Shea Hecht, Hadar Hatorah Yeshiva, Brooklyn, NY
Sponsor: Rep. Chris Gibson, (R-NY)
Date of Prayer: 11/30/2016

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. GIBSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to thank Rabbi Shea Hecht for his opening prayer. Rabbi Hecht, a Chabad Rabbi, is the chairman of the board of the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education.

Rabbi Hecht has brought together people of different faiths, races, and backgrounds in New York to promote peace through understanding. These principles hold true in New York, as they do throughout the country and right here in this body.

One thing that my time in Congress has reinforced in me is that prayer matters. The daily opening prayers here in the Chamber set the tone for my day and often help me reflect on how to be a better husband, father, and Congressman.

I join Rabbi Hecht in his pursuit for peace at home and abroad and thank him for his meaningful prayer. I certainly thank his family as well, including Rabbis Hanoch and Yitzchok, rabbis in the Hudson Valley.

Mr. Speaker, I am very grateful.


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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Sovereign of the universe,
Heavenly Father,
help us be honest enough
to admit our shortcomings,
brilliant enough
to accept flattery without arrogance,
tall enough
to tower above deceit,
strong enough
to treasure love,
brave enough
to welcome criticism,
compassionate enough
to understand human frailties,
wise enough
to recognize our mistakes,
humble enough
to appreciate greatness,
and righteous enough
to be devoted to the love of God.

Almighty God,
inspire the leaders in Congress
to inspire all the people.
Bestow Your infinite blessings
upon all the citizens of this great country.

We pray for the safety of our Armed Forces
and that every soldier return home safely
after fulfilling Your mission.

We pray
that the world be a better place
for all mankind;
that we rid ourselves
of prejudice and hatred,
poverty and addiction,
greed, jealousy, and selfishness,
and that all these ills are replaced
with love and harmony,
peace and tranquility,
respect and dignity,
sanctity of marriage, family and community.

May this country,
the greatest country of the world,
go from strength to strength.

אָמֵן׃
Amen.

Source(s)

114th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 162, No. 171 — Daily Edition (November 30, 2016)

Link: https://chaplain.house.gov/chaplaincy/display_gc.html?id=2452

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