The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

02/21/2017
Reverend Cara Spaccarelli

God of all the nations, You have called all people to lives of service. You have called all people to lives of peace and justice.

We confess that sometimes we have cared more for lofty places than we have for places of service. We confess that sometimes we have worked more for power than for peace.

Bless now those who gather in this place. Orient them to serve one another and our country towards the work of peace and justice for all.

Grant them the wisdom, the vision, and the resilience that they need.

And may this place be a sign of hope that we, Your people, can work together through many difficulties to bring about Your intentions for
creation. Amen.

Thought of the Week

“Benediction
Inaugural Luncheon
Donald J. Trump, 45th President


As we leave this place, we give You thanks, O Lord, for the meal we have shared, and for those who worked hard to prepare and deliver it to us. May we be always grateful for the kindnesses we receive.

We thank You as well for the celebration of this day, when our Nation once again models for the world the greatness of peaceful transition of power.

We ask a special blessing upon our new President, Donald Trump, Give him an understanding heart, to discern between good and evil. May he be strengthened in his work and grow in understanding as he proves ever attentive to the American people. We pray that he might become his best self.

Bless as well all those who are in place to exercise power in our Nation. Save them from seeking those things eschewed by Solomon, long life, riches for self, and the lives of enemies, and impel them to seek the gift of discernment, so as to understand justice.

Lord, may the people of this Nation stand with our President and all our leaders to face any challenge, endure any difficulty without fear, learn how to accept every success and every failure with grace, and support our President and leaders with encouragement and prayer.

And as we move forward this day, and through all days, may all that is done be for Your greater honor and glory.

AMEN

Fr. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J., Chaplain
U.S. House of Representatives


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