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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Chaplain Jonathan A. Panitz on 16 October 1991

https://opensiddur.org/?p=52090 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Chaplain Jonathan A. Panitz on 16 October 1991 2023-07-22 12:55:23 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 16 October 1991. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Jonathan A. Panitz United States Congressional Record https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) 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 102nd Congress
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Chaplain Jonathan A. Panitz, Office of the Chief of Chaplains, U.S. Navy, Washington, DC
Date of Prayer: 16 October 1991
Sponsor: Rep. Robert A. Roe (D-NJ)

Mr. ROE. Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to have Lt. Comdr. Jonathan A. Panitz, a former constituent, as the guest chaplain for today. Chaplain Panitz, who is currently the head of the policy branch in the Office of the Chief of Chaplains at the Pentagon, is the son of a dear friend, the late Rabbi David H. Panitz.

Chaplain Panitz received his B.S. degree from New York University in 1968 and his rabbinic ordination in 1975 from the Leo Baeck College of London, England. He also received a masters degree in biomedical ethics and moral theology from Catholic University in 1988, and a masters degree in guidance and counseling from Providence College in 1991. He is married and has three children.

Chaplain Panitz has served congregations in Salisbury, MD, and Fall River, MA. As a Navy chaplain, he has held positions in Yokosuka, Japan; Norfolk, VA; and Newport, RI. He is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly, the American Mensa Society, the American Association of Counseling Therapist—specialty in hypnotherapy, and the Jewish War Veterans. As I mentioned above, he is currently the head of the policy branch of the Office of the Chief of Chaplains. I am very pleased to have him here today, Mr. Speaker.


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O great and immutable Lord,
we ask that Your beneficent presence
fill these Chambers.
Cause the essence of wisdom,
knowledge, and discernment
to fill the hearts and minds
of our Nation’s chosen representatives.
Enable them
to discharge their awesome responsibilities
with courage and foresight.
Bless them
with equal measures of justice and mercy.
May their sense of wit
be tempered by true compassion.
May their desire for effective change
be met with patience and forbearance.
Bless them, O Lord,
as they steer this Nation’s democratic course
through sometimes troubled and turbulent waters.
When ill winds blow,
create for them a haven of safety and security.
Enfold them securely in the comforting web of Your grace.
Bring to fruition all their noble and worthy plans.
Allow them, O Lord,
to reflect honor and glory upon our great democracy
so that all who know us will call us truly blessed.
Amen.

Source(s)

102nd Congress, 1st Session. C-SPAN.
Congressional Record, Vol. 137, Part 18 — Bound Edition, p. 26521.

Congressional Record v. 137, part 18 – 16 October 1991. p. 26521

 


 

 

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