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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 18 August 2017

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff, Retired Chaplain, U.S. Navy, Washington, DC
Date of Prayer: 08/18/2017

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty God,
we pray,
or meditate in different ways
but together ask your blessing
for this country that we love.

We are far from perfect,
but we have a perfect dream:
liberty, justice—equality—for all.

On this date – August 18 –
we made progress in the past.
We ratified the nineteenth amendment,
tearing down the wall that blocked a woman’s right to vote;
did what we do best when we are at our best:
made a moral right a legal right,
enshrining liberty in law.

This week
we mourn the pain and death of neighbors ––
the clashes in the street,
the shouted words of hate ––
attacks against
the very dreams that remind us who and what we yearn to be.

And so we pray with words of song:
America, America
God mend thine every flaw
Confirm thy soul in self–control,
Thy liberty in law.

–– And let us say, Amen


115th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 163, No. 137 — Daily Edition (August 18, 2017)

Link: https://chaplain.house.gov/chaplaincy/display_gc.html?id=2587


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