The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Chaplain Captain Keith Manry

Creator who stretched out the spacious skies and makes the eagle sore, we approach Your throne in humility. Your Word says that You place men and women like those in this assembly in positions of
authority. May each of these remain humble in their position and grateful for the immense responsibility and trust to them extended.

God, be to these servants of the people a constant source of wisdom. May the hallmark of their decisions be righteousness and the fruits of their labor be justice and mercy. Fill them with Your spirit and bless them for their service.

Finally, God, be with the people on whose behalf we gather. From coast to coast and in places far away, be with those who call this land home. Heal divisions and bind wounds. Strengthen us. And when the Sun sets on Old Glory, may we be a land that blesses You. Amen.

Thought of the Week

“Richard Chenevix Trench, a 19th–century Anglican archbishop and poet:

Make channels for the streams of love,
Where they may broadly run;
And love has overflowing streams
To fill them every one.

But if at any time we cease
Such channels to provide,
The very founts of love for us
Will soon be parched and dried.

For we must share, if we would keep
That blessing from above:
Ceasing to give, we cease to have;
Such is the law of love.”

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