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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi J. Harold Romirowsky on 13 March 1969

https://opensiddur.org/?p=54270 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi J. Harold Romirowsky on 13 March 1969 2024-03-13 01:00:36 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 13 March 1969. Text the Open Siddur Project J. Harold Romirowsky J. Harold Romirowsky United States Congressional Record https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ J. Harold Romirowsky 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 91st Congress
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi J. Harold Romirowsky, Oxford Circle Jewish Community Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Prayer: 13 March 1969
Sponsor: n/a
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Heavenly Father,
Thou hast crowned man
with the capacity to choose
between good and evil;
teach us to recognize each
as we meet it.
Thou hast placed man above
all the other creatures in Thy plan;
enlighten us
that we may act in a way
which is worthy of that exalted position.
Thou hast endowed our beloved land
with an abundance elsewhere unknown;
teach us to share it
and thus acknowledge that
it is not because of our wisdom
that we possess so much,
but because of Thy great goodness.
Thou hast granted the inhabitants of this land—
those who occupy the high offices—
great power to determine
the destiny of others;
inspire them to be mindful
in this season of freedom
that they are godlike
not in power and knowledge,
but that they are in Thine image
only when they try to emulate Thy graciousness,
goodness, and loving-kindness
for all whom Thou hast created.
Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the third month of the first session of the 91st US Congress. 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 (J. Harold Romirowsky, 13 March 1969)

 


 

 

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