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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 18 July 2016

https://opensiddur.org/?p=20385 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 18 July 2016 2018-06-23 14:15:40 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 18 July 2016. Text the Open Siddur Project United States Congressional Record United States Congressional Record Arnold E. Resnicoff https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ United States Congressional Record https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/105 United States of America Opening Prayers for Legislative Bodies תחינות teḥinot 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer House of Representatives Prayers of Guest Chaplains 114th Congress interfaith tolerance pluralism

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff, Retired Chaplain, U.S. Navy, Washington, DC
Date of Prayer: 07/18/2016

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Let us pray:

O Lord who said “Let there be light,”
we have reason still to fear the dark,
the dark of senseless death,
of murder, terror, fear, and strife,
testing faith in a future warm and bright.

This day, 18 July,
almost 250 years ago,
the Gazette in Boston published a patriotic hymn,
“The Liberty Song”:

Join hand in hand,
brave Americans all;
By uniting, we stand;
by dividing, we fall.

I was in a Beirut foxhole,
1983,
religious war,
but U.S. foxholes were unique:
interfaith.
Side by side,
some sought You
through different religious faith traditions;
others––not religious––
found faith and common cause in freedom’s call,
in freedom’s holy light.

Help us, we pray,
learn the truth I learned that day
that if more foxholes,
if more people made room for others’ faiths,
we would need far fewer foxholes
and have more cause for faith.

So give us strength to pray:
Join hand in hand,
brave Americans all.
By uniting, we stand;
by dividing, we fall.
אָמֵן׃
Amen.

Source(s)

114th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 162, No. 116 — Daily Edition (July 18, 2016)

Link: https://chaplain.house.gov/chaplaincy/display_gc.html?id=2426

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