The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Paul D. Holland, S.J.

Jesuit Conference
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 12/22/2017

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Gracious God, winter has come, with its long nights and cold days.

The holidays bring both hectic demands and the promise of reunions and recreation.

War and dissension continue to plague our world and our own hearts, even as heavenly voices cry out for peace on Earth; so we pause and seek Your presence, Your light, Your peace.

Bless each Member of Congress. Through their faithful service to our Nation, make them witnesses to hope in the midst of confusion, beacons of light in the midst of the dark, and channels of peace amidst turmoil.

Give them safe journeys home, joyful family gatherings, and renewal of strength in body, mind, and spirit.

And most of all, fill their hearts with gratitude and humble recognition that You are the source of all hope, all light, and all peace.

We pray this in Your most holy name. Amen.

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