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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Norman Gerstenfeld on 18 April 1955

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Norman Gerstenfeld, Washington Hebrew Congregation
Sponsor: n/a
Date of Prayer: 18 April 1955


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O Thou who hast led us across the Red Seas
and the wilderness of the yesteryears
in a vision of a divine covenant,
quicken that vision in our minds
so that with renewed faith
we shall be its living witness
and inspire freemen
toward a rebirth of freedom
to face the promise and dangers
of a new age.
O Thou who hast led us out of bondage
with a vision of man’s righteousness,
Thou who hast taught us
that we are faithful to Thee
only when we labor for Thy children,
guide us in our deliberations
so that we shall find the path that leads upward,
the way that builds new strength and new hope
for the children of men.
Bless Thou
the men who raise Thy standards in our time,
the men who guard the rights of their fellow men,
the men who are not neutral in time of evil,
the men who do not turn away their face
when the wicked would barter the birthright of freedom
for the mess of pottage of petty gain,
the men who have the self-discipline
of the disciples of Thy sacred Law
as children of a just God.
Guide us
and guard us
and lead us forward
so that through our labors
in this great moment of history
we shall in truth be the living witness
of Thy covenant,
and the time will soon come
when the world shall be filled
with the knowledge of a righteous God
even as the waters cover the seas.[1] Cf. Isaiah 11:9, Habakkuk 2:14 
Amen.

This prayer of the guest chaplain was offered in the fourth month of the first session of the 84th US Congress in the Senate, and published in the Congressional Record, vol. 101, part 4 (18 April 1955), page 4522.

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Congressional Record, vol. 101, part 4 (18 April 1955), p. 4522

 

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1Cf. Isaiah 11:9, Habakkuk 2:14

 

 

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