The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Stephen J. Rossetti

St. Luke Institute
Silver Spring, Maryland

Date of Prayer: 10/09/2004

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Good and gracious God, we gather in a time of challenge. We labor long and hard for peace, but continue to be visited by war. We work hard for unity, but continue to be plagued with conflict and division. We strive for charity among sisters and brothers, but experience so much hatred in our world.

Give us the grace to know that it is You who are the source of our unity and peace, You who are the one God, living and true. It is You who unites us.

Bring peace to our world, peace to our families and peace to our hearts. Bind us together in harmony across the divisions and aisles of life. Make us one in unity and love.

And when we have finally looked upon the face of unity, the face of charity, and the face of peace, it will be Your beautiful face we have gazed upon.

We make this prayer in God's name.


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