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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Dr. Sidney S. Tedesche on 26 March 1935

https://opensiddur.org/?p=55028 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Dr. Sidney S. Tedesche on 26 March 1935 2024-03-24 23:04:50 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 26 March 1935. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Sidney Tedesche 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 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer U.S. House of Representatives Prayers of Guest Chaplains 74th Congress
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Sidney S. Tedesche, Ph.D., of the Union Temple of Brooklyn, New York
Sponsor: n/a
Date of Prayer: 26 March 1935

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God of our fathers,
great Architect of the Universe,[1] A divine epithet typical of the Freemasons. Rabbi Dr. Tedesche was a grand chaplain of the New York Masonic Lodge. 
who ordainest all Thy measures with a plan,
though Thy purposes are past our finding,
we pray that Thou mayest be with us this day.
Thou didst say unto men,
in the early age of faith,
“Not by might and not by power,
but by My spirit.” (Zechariah 4:6)
Mayest Thou again bring home unto us
this truth from the revelations of history:
Not by numbers of armed set,
nor the material mass of men’s wealth,
but by the spirit of the Lord can nations prevail.
Implant that spirit within us, our Father,
and give us an understanding of justice and equity
so that, consecrated to high endeavor,
we may be enabled to serve Thee
and to serve our fellow men in Thy name.
May the words of our mouth
and the meditations of our heart
be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord.
Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the third month of the first session of the 74th US Congress in the House of Representatives, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 79, part 4 (1935), page 4458.

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Congressional Record, vol. 79, part 4 (26 March 1935), p. 4458

 

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1A divine epithet typical of the Freemasons. Rabbi Dr. Tedesche was a grand chaplain of the New York Masonic Lodge.

 

 

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