The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

Loving God, we give You thanks for giving us another day.

The attention of our Nation is drawn toward a raging tragedy. We are torn by aversion to a repeat of years of military engagement while compelling narratives unfold in so many places around our world.

Send Your spirit among the Members of this people's House, that they might judiciously balance seemingly irreconcilable interests. Help them to execute their consciences and judgments with clarity and purity of heart, so that all might stand before You honestly and trust that You can bring forth righteous fruits from their labors.

On this anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, may Your healing presence continue in the lives of all who were immediately impacted by the events of that day, and may we as a nation continue to heal and work toward bringing greater peace and security to our world.

Bless us this day and every day, and may all that is done be for Your greater honor and glory.


Thought of the Week

“A prayer for 9/11

Dear Lord, as we remember the evils of September 11th, let us turn our hearts and minds towards the good found only in You;

Be close to those who mourn: the parents who lost children, the children who never knew a parent, and all who lost a loved one;

Embrace this grieving nation, and let time never lessen the impact of this day; may we never forget;

Protect those who go in harm’s way to save others, and those who suffer and die to safeguard our nation;

Give wisdom to our leaders, that they may make choices that prevent another day such as this;

Convert the hearts of those who seek our destruction, and banish from the world the darkness that allows such hate to fester and grow;

Let Your love rain down upon us, and let Your peace flourish on the Earth;

All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord.


—Thomas McDonald

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