The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

Dear Lord, we give You thanks for giving us another day.

You are the source of all life and unconditional love. The House of Representatives is a noble institution which embraces the highest aspirations of the Nation's people and embodies their lasting values.

Help the Members of this House to look at themselves, their politics, priorities, and the Nation's interests with new vision in the light of
Your Spirit. Help them to be wise and patient legislators, seeking not immediate political wins, but a productive future which will nourish
the stability of our homeland and reap a harvest of peace in the world.

May all that is done this day be for Your greater honor and glory. Amen.

Thought of the Week

“Psalm 71:1–14
Prayer for Lifelong Protection and Help

In you, O Lord, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.

In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me and save me.

Be to me a rock of refuge,
a strong fortress,[a] to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.

Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.

For you, O Lord, are my hope,
my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

Upon you I have leaned from my birth;
it was you who took me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you.

I have been like a portent to many,
but you are my strong refuge.

My mouth is filled with your praise,
and with your glory all day long.

Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
do not forsake me when my strength is spent.

For my enemies speak concerning me,
and those who watch for my life consult together.

They say, “Pursue and seize that person
whom God has forsaken,
for there is no one to deliver.”

O God, do not be far from me;
O my God, make haste to help me!

Let my accusers be put to shame and consumed;
let those who seek to hurt me
be covered with scorn and disgrace.

But I will hope continually,
and will praise you yet more and more.”


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