Most Reverend Oscar H. Lipscomb
Archbishop of Mobile
Date of Prayer: 06/20/2002
Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:
O God, our shield and defender, ancient of days,
pavilioned in the splendor of Your creation,
and gurded with the praise of Your children,
be with us now as we pray for this House
and all the parts of our government and nation.
Our troubled times teach us that of ourselves
peace and security rest uneasy and incomplete.
Help us with the wisdom and strength sought by Your servant Solomon as he set out to govern the people You committed to his care.
Touch all our hearts and change them after the model offered to us by Your Son;
"as I have loved you, love one another."
Then may there be realized in our land
the vision of the prophet Isaiah:
"there shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord,
as water covers the sea.
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