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.

On this final day of session before our Nation celebrates Thanksgiving, we give You thanks for all the blessings we enjoy.

The problems facing the Nation, the concerns of its citizens will not be settled with simplistic solutions. The light of truth is sought in every corner of darkness, yet we stand humbly before You, admitting our limitations.

Lord, give the Members of the people's House the ability to listen intently to differing opinions and respond creatively. May their faith in You be strong enough to stretch every self–interest to the broader vision of the common good, expecting Your intervention in ordered routine, and Your radical twist to basic intent.

Thus may all seek Your wisdom to guide this government and this Nation now and forever.

May all that is done this day be for Your greater honor and glory.


Thought of the Week

“Jeremiah 33:14–16

Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring forth for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’”

Revised Standard Version

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