The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Reverend Gene Hemrick

Lord of Mercy, since the beginning of time You have sustained us with Your heartfelt love and care, a love and care that bonds us in friendship with You, with each other and the world.
Lord, may You bless Congress with a loving heart, which, more than anything else, has power to touch and move humankind and renew friendly unity that is the crux of America's strength.

Thought of the Week

Fifteenth Observance of September 11, 2001
House Remembrance Ceremony
Fr. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.
Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives

God of heaven and earth, we give You thanks for giving us another day.

Today we remember a day begun in terror and violence, and ended in heroic effort and courage. We mourn those whose lives were snatched from them. Give Peace and Healing to those who mourn the loss of their loved ones.

We thank you again for the almost universal, international response to a great American tragedy. All your children of good will could see the horror of actions by men, who would presume to act in Your Name, causing so much death and destruction. May Your Spirit of Peace and Justice continue to fill the hearts of people of all faiths, races, and nations.

Be present with us this day as we gather again on our Capitol’s steps. Bless the men and women who serve this great nation in the House of Representatives. May they be confident in the knowledge that all Americans stand behind them in their common effort to forge legislation that will reflect the resilient greatness of our Nation.

May all that is done this day, and in the many days to come, be for Your greater honor and glory.


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