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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Abraham Hecht on 25 April 1966

https://opensiddur.org/?p=55620 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Abraham Hecht on 25 April 1966 2024-04-23 16:15:55 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 25 April 1966. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Abraham Hecht 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 Prayers of Guest Chaplains U.S. Senate חבּ״ד ḤaBaD Lubavitch 89th Congress
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Dr. Abraham Hecht, president, Rabbinical Alliance of America, Brooklyn, New York
Sponsor: n/a
Date of Prayer: 25 April 1966


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אבינו שבשמים
מלך העולם
Sovereign of the universe,
Almighty God in Heaven,
may this hour be an hour
of favor and acceptance in Your sight.
Our hearts are lifted unto You in gratitude
for Your mercies and kindness toward the people
of these blessed United States.
More especially, do we thank You, O Lord,
for bestowing upon this great land,
legislators and statesmen who will guide
with the help of Almighty,
the destiny,
and stir the hearts of men and women,
young and old,
to serve their country in truth and loyalty.
Bless this august assembly and their families.
May they be granted
peace of mind, serenity and spirit,
and inner tranquillity
predicated upon faith and trust in God.
May those who occupy themselves
with the affairs of our country
always faithfully seek Your guidance
in pursuing its welfare,
its advancement,
its growth and security.
Pour down Your bountiful blessings
upon our distinguished and beloved President,
Lyndon B. Johnson,
his family,
and all the peoples of this great democracy,
so that peace and prosperity,
freedom and tolerance
increase and endure
throughout the length and breadth of its borders.
May we realize in our day
the prophetic vision of Isaiah—
as engendered by the various programs
advanced by this illustrious legislative body
for the welfare of mankind.
To loose the fetters of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry,
And that you bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him,
And that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? (Isaiah 58:6-7)
We pray to the Ruler of the universe
that His blessing continue to be bestowed
on all inhabitants of our country,
that fears and dangers,
prejudice and malice
be removed from its borders,
and that all its citizens
regardless of race, color, or creed
will know the joys of prosperity,
tranquillity, and peace.
Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the fourth month of the second session of the 89th US Congress in the Senate, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 112, part 7 (25 April 1966), page 8850.

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Congressional Record, vol. 112, part 7 (25 April 1966), p. 8850

Congressional Record, vol. 112, part 7 (25 April 1966), p. 8851

 


 

 

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