The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Rabbi Felipe Goodman

Our God and God of our ancestors, God of Compassion, God of Justice, God of Peace. We ask your blessing for this House of Representatives, for our country and for all our leaders. Grant them, O God, the ability to lead us with true understanding of your vision, so that this land under your providence be an influence for good throughout the world. Protect the men and women of our Armed Forces who stand in harm’s way so that we may enjoy the blessing of freedom and liberty. May it be your will that they speedily return in full physical and spiritual health to their families and loved ones.

Let us remember where we came from so that we may never forget the destination of our journey as a nation. Let us be always mindful that we are all children of immigrants. Give us the wisdom to understand what the responsibility of fighting oppression, poverty, and injustice really means. AMEN.