The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Reverend Dr. Dan C. Cummins

To the Lord, the Chief Shepherd and Saviour of our Souls:

While Members of Congress are at home in their districts, we pray, give each Member rest. Cause them to lie down in green pastures. Lead them beside the still waters. Restore and refresh their souls. Lead them in the paths of righteousness for Your name's sake and our Nation's benefit.

While other Members are abroad, who may walk through the valley of the shadow of death, let them fear no evil. Assure them that You are near. Let Your rod and Your staff bring comfort.

Prepare a table for all in the presence of their families.

Anoint them with the oil of gladness.

Finally, let them return to this Chamber to follow justice and justice alone so as to live and possess the land the Lord our God has given us.

In Jesus Christ's name, I now pray.


Thought of the Week

“A Prayer for our Earth

All–powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

—Pope Francis
Laudato Si

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