The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Doctor Alan N. Keiran

Office of the Senate Chaplain

Date of Prayer: 04/17/2008

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Lord God, creator of heaven and Earth, as we open this legislative day, we pause to consider the grandeur of Your creative genius. We are struck by the vastness of space and the countless heavenly bodies that light the night sky. Likewise, we observe with awe and wonder your magnificent handiwork in the advent of springtime, often being moved to worship You for the botanic beauty we are privileged to enjoy. To You alone, O God most high, belong all praise and glory.

We pray for your grace to guide the members and former members of this body on this special day, as they serve those who have elected them to public office and the Nation we all love.

We also pray that all who are attending the Pontiff's mass this morning would sense Your presence in life–changing ways. May your Spirit empower every person of faith to seek You with all their hearts and minds.

We pause as well to pray for those in harm's way and their families. Be with those wearing the cloth of our Nation in the long watches of the night in places far from home. Bring them solace in times of deep loneliness and hope for a joyous homecoming.

May we know Your peace that passes all understanding, Your hope that sustains us in times of trial, and Your love that fills the deepest recesses of our hearts.

We pray in the Name that is above every name. Amen.

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