The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Rabbi Stephen Leon

Congregation B'nai Zion
El Paso, TX

Sponsor: Rep. Silvestre Reyes, (D-TX)
Date of Prayer: 07/22/2009

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. REYES. Madam Speaker, it is a real honor and privilege to have Rabbi Leon here this morning in this great people's House.

I want to especially welcome not just the rabbi but members of his family that are here. I know that back in my district, back in El Paso, people have gotten up extra early to see the rabbi give our opening prayer.

It's a real honor and a real privilege and pleasure.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

O Lord, "This is the day that God has made, on it may we rejoice."

These words from the Book of Psalms reflect the thoughts that are in my heart on this glorious day. Imagine if every person each day would arise and thank God for one more day of life, for one more precious moment to make a difference for good in this world.

How fortunate I feel to live in this blessed country of America where a Rabbi from El Paso, Texas is given the opportunity to offer a prayer before this historic assembly which represents the highest ideals of democracy.

May each of us here realize what awesome moments God gives us each day and may we in partnership with the Almighty help speed that day when every person in the world will be privileged to live in peace and freedom. Amen.

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