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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Dr. Abraham Shusterman on 3 February 1953

https://opensiddur.org/?p=54362 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Dr. Abraham Shusterman on 3 February 1953 2024-02-19 18:20:01 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 3 February 1953. Text the Open Siddur Project Abraham Shusterman Abraham Shusterman United States Congressional Record https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Abraham Shusterman https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Opening Prayers for Legislative Bodies United States of America תחינות teḥinot 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer U.S. House of Representatives Prayers of Guest Chaplains 83rd Congress 20th century C.E.
Guest Chaplain: Dr. Abraham Shusterman, rabbi, Har Sinai Congregation, Baltimore, Maryland
Date of Prayer: 30 January 1947
Sponsor: Rep. Samuel Friedel (D-MD)
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Heavenly Father,
in whose hands are our lives and destinies,
we lift our hearts unto Thee
in thanksgiving and praise.
We render thanks unto Thee
for our country
and for those brave men,
the quick and the dead,
who have preserved its integrity
as a land of justice and freedom.
May our devotion to the ideals
for which they lived and died
ever bear witness to our gratitude
and our faith.
Enlighten with Thy wisdom
and uphold with Thy strength
all who guide our free institutions.
Bless those who serve within
the several branches of our Government;
grant them the courage and faith
to lead our Nation
and all who look to it for guidance
toward that goal of peace and security
which Thou hast ordained for all Thy children.
Uphold the arms of the Members of this House;
set their minds and hearts on Thee.
Speed the day when,
united in loving service,
we may establish Thy kingdom.
Establish Thou also upon us
the work of our hands;
yea, the work of our hands
establish Thou it.[1] Cf. Psalms 90:17. 
Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the first month of the first session of the 83rd US Congress in the House of Representatives. The source images of the prayer were copied by Howard Mortman and shared via his @CongressRabbi Twitter account. All credit to Howard Mortman for his research in digging up this prayer. Unfortunately, neither the source images nor his tweets provide an exact citation reference to the volume, issue, and page number of the Congressional Record in which the prayer was published. If you know, leave a comment, or contact us.

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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain (Abraham Shusterman, 3 February 1953)

 

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1Cf. Psalms 90:17.

 

 

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