The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Norris A. Keirn

National Chaplain, American Legion
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 03/04/2003

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

None given;

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

The Reverend Norris A. Keirn, National Chaplain, the American Legion, offered the following prayer :

Eternal Father, You have been our shield and strength from the birth of our Nation to this present day. Our homeland has been preserved in the palm of Your hand. By inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, we have continuously moved to develop a more perfect union that would mirror Your divine purpose.

Through Your guidance these representatives have been raised to make laws and direct efforts for the enduring betterment of the peoples of this Nation and world. Grant great wisdom so that Your righteous purposes would be fulfilled. Afford each one the strength of will to be diligent dispensers of truth and justice. Bless them with solidarity that transcends personal views and political affiliations. Grant a bipartisan unity that would bring You glory.

Bless also those who defend this democracy and place themselves in harm's way. Dispatch Your angels to protect and to bring them home with victory over the evil forces that would attempt to destroy freedom. Enable them to break the bondages of oppression as You have so graciously granted in the past.

In the name of the Lord we pray. Amen.

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