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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Charles M. Rubel on 21 April 1958

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Charles M. Rubel, Congregation Sherah Israel, Macon, Georgia
Sponsor: Sen. Herman Talmadge (D-GA)
Date of Prayer: 21 April 1958


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Sovereign Ruler of the universe,
in whose hands rest the destinies
of man and of nations:
Look down from Thy holy habitation
upon our beloved country,
the United States of America;
and in Thy mercy guide it,
and preserve it,
in safety and in happiness.
Give it of Thy bounties,
of the dew of heaven
and the fatness of the earth,
so it may continue to prosper;
and bring peace and contentment
to all its inhabitants.
Cause all within its borders
to dwell in harmony and peace.
May we all seek one another’s well-being
and the common good.
We pray Thee, O Father in heaven,
bless our beloved President of the United States,
Dwight D. Eisenhower,
whom Thou didst endow with Thy heavenly spirit
to enable him to save our country
from mortal enemies.
Give him health and strength,
to continue to lead us
into the paths of peace and prosperity,
justice and righteousness.
Send down Thy heavenly blessings,
also, upon our beloved Vice President of the United States,
Richard M. Nixon,
who stands beside our leader
at all times,
to help him guide our land
to its destinies.
Bless each and every one of these
chosen representatives of our people,
the honorable Senators of our 48 States;
their families, and dear ones.
May they always devote themselves unselfishly
to the welfare of our beloved country.
Grant them wise and discerning hearts,
to legislate wisely and beneficently.
May they deal justly
with all the problems confronting them
for the welfare of our people.
May all their deliberations
be in the spirit of Thine eternal truths.
Bless all other representatives of our people
and all others who exercise just and rightful authority.
We pray also
for the welfare of all the nations of the world
and for all mankind,
which is now undergoing the pangs of a rebirth,
through their own representatives at the United Nations.
May our beloved United States
always be the torch bearer
of true international love and friendship,
understanding, and liberty, for all.
May the day soon come
when the words of the divine prophet will be realized,
that nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
May our country ever be the home of justice and freedom.
Shelter it beneath the shadow of Thy wings,
and spread the canopy of Thy peace over our land,
and the lands of all the world,
so they may all form one bond of unity,
in love and friendship,
thus performing Thy will
with a perfect heart.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the fourth month of the second session of the 85th US Congress in the Senate, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 104, part 5 (21 April 1958), page 6731.


Congressional Record, vol. 104, part 5 (21 April 1958), p. 6731




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