The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

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Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

Merciful God, we give You thanks for giving us another day.

Bless the Members of this people's House with wisdom and the courage to address the pressing difficulties of our time. You know each one
personally, through and through, and how they relate with one another.

Help them to know You. Impel them by Your spirit to act justly and walk humbly with You. May their actions and those of our government be marked by kindness and decency, especially toward those who are most vulnerable among us.

Inspire all of our citizens, as well, to look first to their blessings, and then charitably, to the work of this people's House.

Each Member chooses to serve another day; may each serve with honor and merit the appreciation of those whom they serve.

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