The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Rabbi Shea Harlig

Almighty God, the members of this prestigious body, the U.S. Congress, convene here to fulfill one of the seven Noahide commandments:
the commandment to govern by just laws which are based in the recognition of You, God, as the Sovereign Ruler of all people and nations.

We, the citizens of this blessed country proudly proclaim this recognition and our commitment to justice in our Pledge of Allegiance "One Nation, Under God, with Liberty and Justice for All."

Grant us, Almighty God, that those assembled here be aware of Your presence and conduct their deliberations accordingly. Bless them with good health, wisdom, compassion, and good fellowship.

On the eve of Passover, the Festival of Freedom, I beseech you Almighty God to bless and protect our troops and our entire nation whom our esteemed spiritual leader, The Lubavitcher Rebbe labeled "A Nation of Kindness" with freedom from terrorism. Indeed "God Bless America."