The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

We thank You, O God, for giving us another day. Enlighten the hearts of those who are faithful and tireless in securing equal justice under the law. Fulfill the hopes of those who long for peace and security for their children. Guide and protect all elected officials and all who choose to serve this Nation and their local communities through public service.

May Your will be done in and through the Members of this people's House, those who trust in Your divine guidance and those, as well, who rely upon the gifts You have endowed them with. Even in the midst of conflicting opinions and philosophical differences, may they strive to come to mutually beneficial ends.

Unite Your people and keep them focused on the essentials that reflect Your kingdom. May the fire of divine love and human freedom renew the face of the Earth.

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