The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Most Reverend Thomas J. Paprocki

Bishop of Springfield, Illinois
Springfield, IL

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Quigley, (D-IL)
Date of Prayer: 09/15/2011

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty God, we come to you in prayer and seek your blessing on the United States House of Representatives.

Because our vision of your goodness is clouded by sin, we seek your Light to guide us on our way.

Because we do not always listen as we should to your commands, help us to hear your Word.

Because we often fail to think in accord with your Wisdom, we need your Truth to enlighten our minds.

Because your ways are not our ways, give us prudence and courage to follow your will.
May we take inspiration from Springfield’s most famous citizen, Abraham Lincoln, who reminded us that a “house divided against itself cannot stand.” May we heed his call and follow his example.

We ask you, dear God, to grant these prayers and lead us to the glory of your Kingdom, where you live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

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