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Prayer for the Congregation and the Government, by the Central Conference of American Rabbis (1895)

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May He who is the source of all good gifts,
bless this congregation
and be with all its members, their families and their households;
may He prosper them in their various callings and occupations,
help them in their needs
and guide them in their difficulties.
May He hear the prayers of all who worship here this morning,[1] The Abridged Prayer Book for Jews in the Army and Navy in the United States (1917) reads, “May He hear the prayers of all who worship Him in truth.”  
comfort the sorrowing
and cheer the silent sufferers.

May He bless those who guide
and who serve this congregation,
and those who contribute willingly to its support.

May He reward with the joy of goodness
the charitable and the merciful
who succor the poor,
care for the sick,
teach the ignorant,
and stretch forth their helping hand
to those who have lost their way in this world.

Fervently we invoke Thy benediction
for this our country and our nation.
Guard them, O God,
from calamity and injury;
may their adversaries not triumph over them,
but the glories of a just,
righteous,
and God-fearing people
increase from age to age.

Enlighten and sustain with Thy power
those whom the people have set in authority;
the President and his counsellors and advisers,
the judges,
law-givers,
and executives,
and all those who are entrusted with our safety
and with the guardianship of our rights and liberties.

May peace and good will obtain amongst all the citizens of our land;
may religion spread its blessings among us,
and exalt our nation in righteousness.

Amen.

This prayer for the government was first published in the Union Prayer Book of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. It was also included with slight variations in the Abridged Prayer Book for Jews in the Army and Navy of the United States (National Jewish Welfare Board 1917).

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1 The Abridged Prayer Book for Jews in the Army and Navy in the United States (1917) reads, “May He hear the prayers of all who worship Him in truth.”

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