The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Michael Bransfield

Bascilia of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 05/02/2002

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Let us pray –

God our Creator,
You formed us in your image and likeness
and call on us to act in righteousness and faith.
Bless our nation and sustain it by your grace;
Make it an example and promoter
of harmony and good will.
Give the members of this legislative body
wisdom, prudence and courage
in conducting its affairs
in service to the American people.
Let its actions today and always
be inclined toward true justice
and marked by diligent, noble initiative.

Preserve our troops, at home and abroad;
keep them safe from harm
in their efforts to protect our freedom and welfare.

Grant peace and mutual respect
to the peoples of the Middle East;
may they enjoy both security in their lands
and serenity in the hearts.

Finally, we thank you for your merciful attention
to the supplications offered throughout the United States
on this national day of prayer.
We are grateful for your continuing sustenance
and desirous of fulfilling your will
for peace and prosperity in our nation
and our world. Amen.

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