The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Timothy Kesicki, S.J.

Jesuit Conference
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 07/20/2015

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

In the book of Proverbs, chapter 10, we are taught, "He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely." This wise pursuit from the wisdom of Solomon has built our Nation.

Of this season, the African American poet from Dayton, Ohio, Paul Laurence Dunbar, writes:

Oh, summer has clothed the earth
In a cloak from the loom of the sun!
And a mantle, too, of the skies' soft blue,
And a belt where the river run.

O, ye who toil in the town,
And ye who moil in the mart,
Hear the artless song, and your faith made strong
Shall renew your joy of heart.

The fruits of the Earth from the bounty of our land are all Your gift. And we praise You this day, O God, for all who labor for our sustenance and those who govern our Nation.


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