The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Stephen J. Rossetti

St. Luke Institute
Silver Spring, MD

Date of Prayer: 04/12/2003

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

The Reverend Stephen J. Rossetti, President, Saint Luke Institute, Silver Spring, Maryland, offered the following prayer :

Good and gracious God, during this season of the year, springtime follows winter, and we witness the emergence of new life. We see how You bring life out of death, light out of darkness, and hope supplants fear.

Fill us with Your goodness, so that we might be instruments of Your hands. May we, filled with this divine grace, be agents of a new springtime in our country and in our world.

Help us to bring Your freedom where there has been tyranny and Your healing where there has been much pain.

You are our hope. As we stretch out our hands into this country and into this world, may they be Your hands, offering a springtime of freedom and a message of new life.

As always, we raise our eyes to You, and give thanks.

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