The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

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

As Members of the people's House return to Washington, delayed by the storms that have blown through the Southeast, we ask Your blessing upon them that they might be all the more focused in their work and, as modeled by so many Americans in their efforts these past days in helping their neighbors, prepared to work together to address our Nation's most pressing needs.

Continue to bless those who are recovering from hurricane destruction and those fighting, still, the storms of wildfire that plague our Western States.

Blanket those who fight to overcome these national disasters with Your spirit of strength and endurance, and preserve them all from harm.

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