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Prayer for a Nation in Crisis, by Rabbi Barry Block (2021)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=35049 Prayer for a Nation in Crisis, by Rabbi Barry Block (2021) 2021-01-08 07:54:40 A prayer for the government on a day of violent insurrection in the heart of American democracy. Text the Open Siddur Project Barry Block Barry Block https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Barry Block https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Insurrection United States of America United States Donald Trump 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer 45th President of the United States 116th Congress 2021 storming of the United States Capitol
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Gracious God,
we come before You as supplicants today,
seeking comfort and hope,
as terror reigns at our nation’s Capitol,
spreading fears of violence throughout our land.

We beseech You on this terrifying day:
spread your shelter of peace
over the United States of America,
upon all who dwell within its borders.

Embolden every American
to defend democracy,
to uphold our Constitution,
to protect the First Amendment right to assemble in protest,
and to eschew violence and mayhem.

Sustain us in faith
that the “better angels of our nature”[1] President Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861.  will be victorious,
that democracy will triumph,
that peace will prevail.

Bless the Capitol Police,
and all who are entrusted with restoring peace in Washington
and throughout this land.

Grant wisdom to
the President,
the Vice-President,
and to every Senator and Member of Congress.

Be with the President-Elect and Vice President-Elect,
charged with unifying
this divided country
in the days and weeks ahead.

We Jews have always been
“prisoners of hope.”[2] Zechariah 9:12. 
restore us to hope today.
Grant us trust,
even on a terrible day,
that we may look forward to a new day dawning,
speedily and soon.
Amen.

Rabbi Block’s “Prayer for a Nation in Crisis” was first published on 6 January 2021 on RavBlog, the blog of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Notes

Notes
1 President Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861.
2 Zechariah 9:12.

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