Thursday, January 22, 2009

Inauguration Prayer

God of our fathers, in whom we trust, and by whose guidance and grace this nation was born, bless the Senators [and Representatives] of these United States at this important time in history and give them all things needful to the faithful discharge of their responsibilities.

We pray especially today for our President, and also for...[those] who will preside over...[both houses of Congress].

Give to them good health for the physical strains of their office, good judgment for the decisions they must make, wisdom beyound their own, and clear understanding for the problems of this difficult hour.

We thank Thee for their humble reliance upon Thee. May they go often to the throne of grace, as we commend them both to Thy loving care and Thy quiding hand. Through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

(Adapted prayer, given by Rev. Peter Marshall on Inauguration Day, Thursday, 20 January 1949 in the Senate.)

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