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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Lester M. Miller on 27 March 1979

https://opensiddur.org/?p=55046 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Lester M. Miller on 27 March 1979 2024-03-26 15:31:28 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 27 March 1979. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Lester M. Miller the Congressional Record of the United States of America 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 Egypt–Israel peace treaty 96th Congress Camp David Accords
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Lester M. Miller, Congregation Beth Israel, New Orleans, Louisiana
Sponsor: n/a
Date of Prayer: 27 March 1979

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He who giveth salvation unto kings
and dominions and unto princes,
whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
may He bless the Senators of the United States of America
and all their families.
Put in their hearts
a spirit of wisdom and understanding,
a spirit of counsel and might,
a spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord
that they may govern our country
with love and mercy.
Guard them from evil
and guide their paths in righteousness
for Thy name sake.[1] The prayer, up till this point, follows the traditional formula of “Hanoten Teshuah,” the prayer of the sovereign/government. 
In this time of peace, we pray Thee,
remind us that peace is the only vessel of Thy blessings
and all who love peace and strive for it
are surely doing Thy holy work.
O Lord of mercy,
we call Thy special blessing today
upon our country,
the United States of America,
for the dream of freedom it has given
to the oppressed of the world
for while the gates of America are open
all people
and all races
can hope and dream for human rights
and for the growth of the human spirit.
In this time of national challenge
when we are striving to meet
the growing needs of our people
we bid Thee, O Lord,
who neither slumbers nor sleeps,
guard us from any trouble and distress,
all pain and disease.
Protect our President and Vice President
and all the officers of the Government of our land.
Speedily and in Thy days,
may Thy kingdom of brotherhood
be established upon the Earth
with all mankind dwelling
in peace and serenity,
harmony and love
and let us say: Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the third month of the first session of the 96th US Congress in the Senate, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 125, part 5 (1979), page 6345.

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Congressional Record, vol 125, part 5 (27 March 1979), p. 6345

 

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Notes
1The prayer, up till this point, follows the traditional formula of “Hanoten Teshuah,” the prayer of the sovereign/government.

 

 

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