☞   //   Prayers & Praxes   //   Collective Welfare   //   Sovereign Nations & States   //   Opening Prayers for Legislative Bodies

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Steven I. Rein on 12 June 2018

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Steven I. Rein, U.S. Air Force, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Date of Prayer: 06/12/2018

Contribute a translation Source (English)

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Sovereign of the universe,
the Psalmist proclaims:
“How majestic is Your name upon all the Earth,”[1] Psalms 8:10 
and wonders,
“What is humanity that You should be mindful of us?”[2] Psalms 8:5 partial 

We stand in awe before the beauty and majesty of Your work.
We are humbled in a world so vast
and a humanity so diverse
You breathe Your spirit into each individual soul.[3] from the prayer, Nishmat kol Ḥai 

Almighty God,
bestow Your wisdom and strength
upon these Members of the House of Representatives
to dream big, securing the future of this great Nation.
May you also grant this distinguished body the courage and compassion
to dream small as they represent the distinct needs of their constituents,
ever mindful of the citizens they serve.

As Irving Berlin did 100 years ago,[4] God Bless America” by Irving Berlin, 1918 
we pray that God bless America,
and, I would add,
may God uniquely bless each and every one of us.


115th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 164, No. 97 — Daily Edition (June 12, 2018)

Link: https://chaplain.house.gov/chaplaincy/display_gc.html?id=2746



1 Psalms 8:10
2 Psalms 8:5 partial
3 from the prayer, Nishmat kol Ḥai
4 God Bless America” by Irving Berlin, 1918

 PDF (or Print)



Comments, Corrections, and Queries