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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Solomon Schiff on 9 September 2004

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Solomon Schiff of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Miami, Florida
Date of Prayer: 2004-09-09

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Heavenly Creator,
bestow Thy blessings
upon those assembled here
who have accepted the sacred responsibility to legislate
within these hallowed halls of the United States Senate
to preserve
and to foster
the noble ideals
of our sanctified democracy.

Grant that these deliberations
will be ruled by wisdom,
and dedication.
Thou, O Lord,
have taught us through the words of the prophet Malachai:
“Have we not all one Father?
Hath not one G-d created us all?
Why do we deal treacherously,
every man against his brother?”[1] Malachi 2:10. 

Grant us the resolve
to serve as Thy partners
to eradicate anger,
and bigotry
from our human family.

Imbue us with commitment
to sow the seeds
that will turn selfishness into civility,
hatred into harmony,
loathing into love,
and bigotry into blessing.

Help us always
to work for the lost,
the least,
the last,
and the lonely.

May we remain committed
to work with renewed energy
to elevate the status
and dignity
of all of Thy children
so that all
can enjoy the blessings
and benefits
of our bountiful society.



108th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 150, No. 106 — Daily Edition (September 9, 2004)



1 Malachi 2:10.

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