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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 23 October 2020

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff, Chaplain, US Navy, Retired, Washington, DC
Date of Prayer: 10/23/2020

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty God,
We pray, reflect in different ways
But together mourn our dead
and tell their stories, to keep their memories alive.

Thirty-seven years ago today, I was in Beirut
when a terrorist truck-bomb attack took the lives of 241 US military personnel.
58 French troops died a heartbeat later: a second truck, another deadly blast.

They came in peace.
They risked their lives to buy some time for change.

Peace did not prevail,
But their risk, their sacrifice
Must be honored and remembered.
Their story must be told.

Today, as we recall and honor Beirut dead and Beirut vets
In a special way,
we mourn all those we’ve lost to war, to hatred — and disease, as well.

Lord, may we heed your call:
Together, to choose life[1] Cf. Deuteronomy 30:19.  — to work for, fight for, life:
A better life for those who one day will remember us.

And may we say,


116th Congress, 2nd Session

Issue: Vol. 166, No. 182 — Daily Edition (October 23, 2020)




1 Cf. Deuteronomy 30:19.

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