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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Bernard Weinberger on 25 February 1964

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Bernard Weinberger, Young Israel Synagogue of Brooklyn, New York
Sponsor: n/a
Date of Prayer: 25 February 1964


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Avinu Shebashomayim, Our Father in heaven,
joined here in the home of the legislative tribunal of our great Nation,
the House of Representatives of the United States of America,
we proclaim Thy sovereignty and dominion
over all that is created
and we reaffirm our fervent desire
to abide by Thy will.
We pray Thee, O merciful Father,
that in Thy infinite goodness
Thou wilt bestow upon these dedicated leaders
of Thy divine grace
so that they may be strengthened
to face the challenge of world leadership.
Give them the courage and wisdom
to pursue with ever-increasing vigor
the principles of our great democracy.
Give them the fortitude needed to persevere
in the unrelenting pursuit of freedom,
and human dignity.
May our present leaders be enabled
to emulate the consecration and dedication
of Lincoln and Washington
whose commemoration we have just concluded.
Shower them with Thy coveted gift
of an understanding heart
and a soul attuned to the need of those less fortunate.
As we stand on the threshold
of the festival of Lots[1] i.e., Purim. 
which we will usher in tomorrow,
we beseech Thee Almighty God
that Thou mayest as in days of old,
convert these days of fear to tranquillity,
darkness to light,
hate to love,
anxiety to serenity,
and sorrow to joy.
Hasten the day
when all the inhabitants of the earth
will recognize Thy glory
and Thy will be done;
and when in unison
we will all labor
for the sanctification of Thy name.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the second month of the second session of the 88th US Congress in the House of Representatives, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 110, part 3 (1964), page 3536.


Congressional Record, vol. 110, part 3 (25 February 1964), p. 3536



1i.e., Purim.



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