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We have assembled here
to dedicate this house of worship.
We pray that Thou mayest look with favor
upon this, Thy habitation.
We acknowledge the truth of the words of the Psalmist:
“Except the Lord built the house;
They labor in vain that build it.” (Psalms 127:1)
Not unto us, but unto Thee be the glory.
What we have accomplished,
and what we are,
we owe to Thee.
Thou hast chosen Israel
to proclaim Thy truth.
Goodly is our portion,
glorious is our heritage.
And may this house be the means
for the transmission and perpetuation
of our heritage.
We know full well that neither the heaven,
nor the heaven of heavens
can contain Thy glory;
yet, we have built this sanctuary,
so that we may feel
that Thou dwellest in our midst
when we come here for prayer and meditation.
May the worship offered within these walls,
bring joy and comfort to the sorrowing;
light to those who walk in darkness;
and happiness to all troubled souls.
May Thy spirit abide with us in this hour.
Send Thy blessing
upon the members and leaders of this Congregation,
who gave of their means, their time and energy
for the building of this, Thy house.
In the words of our great teacher, Moses:
“Let the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us;
Establish Thou also upon us the work of our hands;
Yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it.” (Psalms 90:17)
“Dedication of a Synagogue” was written and delivered by Rabbi Jacob Bosniak on 23 October 1926, at the dedication of the Ocean Parkway Jewish Center. The prayer was first published in Rabbi Bosniak’s לקוטי תפלות Liḳutei Tefilot: Pulpit and Public Prayers (1927), pp. 106-107.
“A Prayer at the Dedication Ceremony for the Ocean Parkway Jewish Center, by Rabbi Jacob Bosniak (1926)” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.
Works of related interest:
A Prayer at the Ceremony of Breaking Ground for the Ocean Parkway Jewish Center, by Rabbi Jacob Bosniak (1924)
A Prayer at the Ceremony of the Corner Stone Laying for the Ocean Parkway Jewish Center, by Rabbi Jacob Bosniak (1925)
Prayer on the consecration of the new synagogue building for Ḳahal Ḳadosh Mikveh Israel in Philadelphia, by Rabbi Sabato Morais (1 June 1860)