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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Theodore S. Levy on 8 March 1984

https://opensiddur.org/?p=54621 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Theodore S. Levy on 8 March 1984 2024-03-05 13:40:29 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 8 March 1984. Text the Open Siddur Project Theodore S. Levy Theodore S. Levy United States Congressional Record https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Theodore S. Levy https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Opening Prayers for Legislative Bodies United States of America Prayers of Guest Chaplains 98th Congress 20th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer U.S. House of Representatives
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Theodore S. Levy, Temple Society of Concorn, Syracuse, New York
Sponsor: Rep. Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Date of Prayer: 8 March 1984

Mr. LUGAR. Mr. President, I am certain I express the gratitude of all of our colleagues for the beauty of the invocation this morning delivered by Rabbi Levy. It is a pleasure, especially because of the close ties the rabbi has with the staff of our colleague from Utah, Senator Orrin Hatch.

As Senators may know, Rabbi Levy’s daughter is on Senator Hatch’s staff, and Senator Hatch has had great interest in the work of Rabbi Levy.

It is a special pleasure to have you, sir, in this Chamber this morning.


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O Eternal Presence
whom some call God
and others by different names,
but which mean the same thing—
as we enter these hallowed Senate walls
we pause for a moment of self-scrutiny.
As our Nation’s Senatorial representatives
let us attempt to reach just a little higher
from where we are
to where we ought to be.
Some among us may call it communion
while others call it prayer
and yet we all know it means the same thing—
All that we earnestly ask
in this moment of prayer
is that you accept our thanks
for giving us the privilege of serving
the people of our great Republic.
Let us remember Lord of all Senators
that we are at best blunderers
in our service to this Nation.
All too often
we are content to be merchants
of dead yesterdays
when we should be guides
into unborn tomorrows.
Too often
we have placed conformity
on old traditions
above the curiosity
of new ideas.
So we ask you, O Lord, to again,
grant us the privilege of helping
to make this world a better place to live
because we have been afforded the opportunity
to use your gifts of mind and heart wisely.
May we through this Senate’s efforts attempt
to free all humanity
from fear,
and exploitation
and enable us to create a world
in which the exercise of conscience
and the guarantee of humanity’s unalienable rights
can be respected
and expected.
Let us never forget
that in order to fashion a better world
each of us must be able to see
in every human being
a child of the same god
who is heir of the same destiny
and may we once and for all recognize
that there is only one man on Earth
and his name is All Men.
There is only one woman on Earth
and her name is All Women.
There is only one child on Earth
and that child’s name is All Children.
Heal us, O Lord,
and we shall be healed.
Save us, O Lord,
and we shall be saved.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the second month of the second session of the 98th US Congress in the House of Representatives, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 130, part 4 (1984), page 4876.


Congressional Record, vol. 130, part 4 (8 March 1984), p. 4876




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