Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 13 June 2003

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Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff, Retired Chaplain, U.S. Navy, Washington, DC
Date of Prayer: 06/13/2003


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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

O God who made the rainbows in the sky,
You made our land a rainbow, too:
from purple mountain majesties
to amber waves of grain,
we marvel at the colors of our Nation,
and the beauty of our land.

Today, this week, and tomorrow in a special way–Flag Week,
and June 14, Flag Day–
we set aside some time to honor special colors:
the colors of our flag.
We celebrate the values our flag
in all its colors and its glory
represents,
and the memories and dreams our Stars and Stripes–
our Star-Spangled Banner–
still invokes.
“The grand old flag,” as the old song goes,
is still “the emblem of the land I love”–we love–
“the home of the free and the brave.”

In a moment we will pledge our allegiance to the flag–
and to the Republic for which it stands.
As we take that pledge today,
let us make that pledge a prayer.
Let us pray that the colors of our flag,
and the true colors of our Nation and our people–
our dedication
to the cause of liberty and justice for all;
our courage and determination
even in the face of adversity;
and our faith–
are forever represented by our flag.
May it bring hope of better times
to all the citizens of our land,
and all the nations of our world.
May it forever wave,
o’er the land of the free,
and the home of the brave.

And may we say, Amen.

Source(s)

108th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 149, No. 87 — Daily Edition (June 13, 2003)

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