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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 30 December 2019

https://opensiddur.org/?p=28843 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 30 December 2019 2019-12-30 10:06:34 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 30 December 2019. Text the Open Siddur Project United States Congressional Record United States Congressional Record Arnold E. Resnicoff https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ United States Congressional Record https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/105 Opening Prayers for Legislative Bodies תחינות teḥinot 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer United States of America House of Representatives Prayers of Guest Chaplains 116th Congress 2019 Monsey Hanukkah stabbing
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff, U.S. Navy Chaplain (Ret)., Washington DC
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Date of Prayer: 2019-12-30


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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty God,
we pray, reflect, meditate in different ways,
but as a year, a decade ends, and 2020 begins,
may we reaffirm, united, the hope of Langston Hughes:
“Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed.”[1] Langston Hughes, “Let America Be America Again” from: A New Song (1938)  
Dreamers dreamed a nation founded on equality, rights;
a Constitution established
for a more perfect union,
for liberty for us
and our posterity.
Our votes, oaths, acts —
must reflect those dreams.

With this decade’s last House prayer,
we give thanks for progress,
look ahead with hope,
but with eyes wide open
to prejudice,
hatred,
terror that remain — fueling violence
like the antisemitic Ḥanukkah party attack Saturday,
the Texas church attack Sunday —
praying, Almighty God,
for strength to dream the bravest dream our dreamers dreamed,
our people dreamed:
“We shall overcome,
we shall overcome,
We shall overcome some day.
Deep in my heart, I do believe.
We shall overcome some day.”[2]We Shall Overcome” is a gospel song which became a protest song and a key anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. The song is most commonly attributed as being lyrically descended from “I’ll Overcome Some Day”, a hymn by Charles Albert Tindley that was first published in 1900. (from the Wikipedia article
וְנֹאמַר
אָמֵן׃
And let us say,
Amen.

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116th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 165, No. 209 — Daily Edition (December 30, 2019)

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Notes
1 Langston Hughes, “Let America Be America Again” from: A New Song (1938)
2 We Shall Overcome” is a gospel song which became a protest song and a key anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. The song is most commonly attributed as being lyrically descended from “I’ll Overcome Some Day”, a hymn by Charles Albert Tindley that was first published in 1900. (from the Wikipedia article)

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