Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi David Philipson on 2 February 1904

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi David Philipson, of Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Prayer: 02/02/1904
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Almighty God, Father of us all,
in the presence of the manifestations of Thy supreme greatness
we humbly bow the head and exclaim,
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts;
full is the whole earth of His glory.”[1]Isaiah 6:3.

We thank Thee
for every noble thought that has been thought,
for every unselfish deed that has been performed,
for every inspiring word that has been spoken among men.
We thank Thee above all
for this dear fatherland of ours,
the promised land of these latter days,
the new Canaan,
where modern prophets have preached
truths no less inspiring than those spoken
by Thy chosen messengers of old,
where ideals have been set
that point to the era of universal brotherhood and peace,
the hope of all the great spirits of the race.
To these ideals may we all remain true.

May those who guide the helm of our ship of state
be constantly mindful of the high mission of this American people
among the nations of the earth
to stand as the exemplar of justice,
the protector of the weak,
the foe of all unrighteousness,
the scorner of all wrongdoing,
the lover of peace.
So imbue all with these ideals
that our dear land may stand to the very end
as the refuge of all those oppressed elsewhere,
the sanctuary of liberty,
the haven of peace.

May Thy blessing rest upon this place,
this holy place of the liberties of our people.

May Thy blessings rest upon the President, his counselors and advisers:
upon all those intrusted with the guardianship of our rights and liberties.

May peace and good will obtain among all the inhabitants of our land.

May religion spread blessings among us
and exalt our people in righteousness,
that from one end of this great land to the other
may sound the glorious refrain,
“Praised be the Lord God from everlasting to everlasting.”[2]Cf. Psalms 41:13, Psalms 106:48, 1 Chronicles 16:36, 1 Chronicles 29:10.



58th Congress, 2nd Session, February 2nd, 1904.

Notes   [ + ]

  1. Isaiah 6:3.
  2. Cf. Psalms 41:13, Psalms 106:48, 1 Chronicles 16:36, 1 Chronicles 29:10.

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