The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

09/29/2020
Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

Lord, Father of us all, we give You thanks for giving us another day.

As the stresses of the pandemic and its economic and educational effects stubbornly continue, we ask You once again to send Your spirit of peace and healing upon our Nation. Bless those who labor to bring healing and teaching during these difficult times.

Comfort all who are ill with coronavirus, and those who mourn the loss of loved ones because of it.

As the Members return to the Capitol, keep them safe. Fill them with Your spirit of wisdom, and strengthen their resolve to remain faithful to their oath to promote the common welfare of our Nation.

During these trying times, may all that is done be for Your greater honor and glory. Amen.

Thought of the Week

“The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Amen.

—Reinhold Niebuhr
https://www.beliefnet.com/prayers/protestant/addiction/serenity-prayer.aspx