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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Gershon B. Chertoff on 25 March 1963

https://opensiddur.org/?p=55005 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Gershon B. Chertoff on 25 March 1963 2024-03-23 15:53:07 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 25 March 1963. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Gershon B. Chertoff 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 88th Congress Cold War (1962–1979)
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Gershon B. Chertoff, of the Temple B’nai Israel, of Elizabeth, New Jersey
Sponsor: n/a
Date of Prayer: 25 March 1963


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Sovereign of the universe, whose law is perfect:
Do Thou instruct out of Thy law
the Members of the Senate of these United States,
that they might exercise just and rightful authority.
Confer upon them the wisdom and understanding
to convert righteousness into law,
and justice into statute.
Remove from them a sense of guilt
in the employment of power,
by alerting them to the ethic of power.
Uphold them in their conviction
that the complexities of international relations
admit of no easy solutions:
so that they shall pursue peace, not despair,
and seek security with quiet confidence.
The days proclaimed by Daniel are at hand:
“There shall be a time of trouble
such as never has been
since there was a nation.” (Daniel 12:1 part)
Do Thou, O God,
confirm Daniel’s hope and trust in Thee that:
“Every one of your people
shall be delivered.” (Daniel 12:1 part)
May God bless you with every good,
and keep you from all evil.
May He enlighten your heart with lifegiving prudence,
and favor you with enduring insights.
May He befriend and prosper you with peace,
now and forever.
Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the third month of the first session of the 88th US Congress in the Senate, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 109, part 4 (1963), page 4775.

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Congressional Record, vol. 109, part 4 (25 March 1963), p. 4775

 


 

 

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