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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Mordecai Levy on 25 May 1972

https://opensiddur.org/?p=55860 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Mordecai Levy on 25 May 1972 2024-05-12 15:17:10 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 25 May 1972. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Mordecai Levy the Congressional Record of the United States of America https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/105 Opening Prayers for Legislative Bodies United States of America Prayers of Guest Chaplains U.S. Senate 92nd Congress 20th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Mordecai Levy, Tri-City Jewish Center, Rock Island, Illinois
Sponsor: n/a
Date of Prayer: 25 May 1972


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O Lord of the universe, ruler of mankind,
it hath been told Thee, O man, what is good
and what the Lord doth require of Thee,
but to love with strength
and to do justly with human kind.
We seek daily
to fill our lungs with the correct words,
our minds with responsible ideas,
and our limbs with the power to act righteously.
These characteristics are divine in quality.
Let them not repose in the heavenly spheres
where Thou alone act supreme and exalted.
Let them guide our lives:
in government, and in the street
where human beings congregate.
May our leaders, yea—
may all peoples find the means
to humanize Your ideal concepts,
to the end that in the arena of social domesticity,
in the marketplace of the human situation,
we shall transform the erring part of human frailty
into a plan, where man shall live in peace,
extending love and friendship without favor.
Shalom, peace is not a static quality
in which people rest complacent,
but a dynamic urge to fulfill
our human destiny.
O Lord,
bless the work of our hands
as we dream to labor,
and labor to dream
for such a world.[1] Adapted from Psalms 90:17 
Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the fifth month of the second session of the 92nd US Congress in the Senate, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 118, part 15 (25 May 1972), page 18927.

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Congressional Record, vol. 118, part 15 (25 May 1972), p. 18927

 

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1Adapted from Psalms 90:17

 

 

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