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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Avraham Soltes on 21 March 1966

https://opensiddur.org/?p=54968 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Avraham Soltes on 21 March 1966 2024-03-20 23:05:35 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 21 March 1966. Text the Open Siddur Project Avraham Samuel Soltes Avraham Samuel Soltes United States Congressional Record https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Avraham Samuel Soltes https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Opening Prayers for Legislative Bodies United States of America 20th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer U.S. House of Representatives Prayers of Guest Chaplains prayers of military chaplains 89th Congress
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Avraham Soltes, Temple Emanuel, Great Neck, New York, and chaplain, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York
Sponsor: Rep. Lester Wolff (D-NY)
Date of Prayer: 21 March 1966


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O God of mind and heart:
as we turn our hearts toward
the challenge of this new day,
we thank Thee
for the power planted within us
to renew the world
with each day’s dawn.
Give us wisdom,
we pray Thee,
to see in our problems
a tribute to our talents—
the creative skill Thou hast granted us
to make order out of chaos
and reason out of confusion.
Give us heart,
we pray Thee,
to treat the shortcomings of our fellows
with the charity we would seek for our own.
Give us courage,
we implore Thee,
to believe that we possess the power
to shape our universe more closely
to Thy sacred vision;
that the world may gaze upon our handiwork this day
and give thanks that Thou hast made us
in Thine own image.[1] Find Genesis 1:26-27 and Genesis 5:1-3. 
Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the third month of the second session of the 89th US Congress in the House of Representatives, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 112, part 5 (1966), page 6273.

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Congressional Record, vol. 112, part 5 (21 March 1966), p. 6273

 

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Notes
1Find Genesis 1:26-27 and Genesis 5:1-3.

 

 

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