The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

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Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben

O Lord, our God, speak into our lives as You have spoken throughout
time. On the day of historic jubilee, speak good news to the poor that
they would have occasion to celebrate emancipation from chains that yet
bind them.
Proclaim liberty to those still held captive by injustice. Give sight
to those blind to Your merciful love. Free all who are oppressed and
break every yoke of prejudice and hatred.
Then call upon us to be the bearers of these truths in both word and
deed. Cast our eyes on those around us that we would not see slave or
free, but brothers and sisters, children of Your creation.
That each person who calls the United States home be allowed to
delight in the freedoms afforded them by its democracy.
That liberty and justice would be woven inextricably into the fabric
of our Nation and defended on behalf of all her people.
And that henceforward, all may be freed from hate and oppression to
enjoy Your perfect design for this Republic.
We pray this, having each been made free in Your name.  Amen.