https://opensiddur.org/?p=22732 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 19 May 2003 2018-11-24 00:17:38 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 19 May 2003. Text the Open Siddur Project United States Congressional Record United States Congressional Record Arnold E. Resnicoff https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ United States Congressional Record https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/105 Opening Prayers for Legislative Bodies United States of America English vernacular prayer Prayers of Guest Chaplains U.S. Senate 108th Congress תחינות teḥinot 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M.
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff, Retired Chaplain, U.S. Navy, Washington, DC
Date of Prayer: 05/19/2003
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Let us pray.
O Lord, who hears our prayers
as this session now begins
and before the leaders here debate the issues they confront
and with which our country and our people struggle,
we begin united, united with a prayer,
that even as we disagree on one course of action or the next,
we do so in pursuit of common prayers, common dreams–
liberty, dignity, and freedom–
that unite us all.
We sometimes call this starting prayer an invocation,
but it is not Your presence we invoke,
for You are always with us.
No matter where we are or where we go,
as we soar on eagle’s wings toward heaven,
as we search the deepest reaches of the sea,
or as we seek to balance right and responsibility
through the actions taken here in the Halls of Congress,
we know we find Your hand.
Instead, it is awareness of Your presence
that we call forth,
that we invoke a reminder of a plan or dream
in which we might play a part,
a promise of a better world,
a time of peace and justice
that we might help to build.
May Your presence touch our lives,
and even shape our words,
so that we might find the wisdom and the courage
to do our part to keep our dreams and prayers alive
and help make those dreams and prayers come true.
And may we say,
108th Congress, 1st Session. Congressional Record, Issue: Vol. 149, No. 74 — Daily Edition (May 19, 2003)
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