The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Rabbi Michael Siegel

Rabbi Michael Siegel, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, Illinois, offered the following prayer :

Almighty God, instill within the Members of the House of Representatives the deep understanding of the potential that this day holds as they work together for the common good of all people in this great land.

Open their hearts to respond meaningfully to the voices of those who hunger for justice, hunger for equality, and hunger for opportunity.

Give them the strength and wisdom to ensure the security of this great Nation and her friends around the world.

On this day that George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States in 1789, we ask You, God, to bless each and every Member of this august body with the same courage that he exhibited in his time, in order to fulfill the vision and purpose of this great land for us and all who will follow in the future.

Let us pray that together this body, together, will do their part to create a world worthy of God's presence and God's blessing.


Thought of the Week

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan––to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

—Abraham Lincoln
Second Inaugural Address March 4, 1865

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