Office of the Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives

Office of the Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives The Chaplain opens each day of Congress with prayer. The position of Chaplain of the House of Representatives was created in 1789. The current chaplain, Rev.

Dr. Margaret Grun Kibben (RADM, USN ret.) is the 61st person and first woman to hold that role. Each day, the Chaplain opens the legislative session with prayer. She also provides pastoral care to Members and congressional staff.

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Opening Prayer - July 1, 2021
Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben
Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives

Gracious God, such privilege You have shown us, what favor You have bestowed on this Nation from its inception 245 years ago. This Republic is nothing short of Your gracious gift.

In Your mercy, You have called us into liberty. On this Independence
Day, we acknowledge the sacrifice of our country's ancestors and the toil of our Founders. Much blood has been spilled and tears shed to ensure the success of the experiment of American democracy.

Remind us again, even as we celebrate this weekend, that noble ideals served to build the strong foundation of these United States; our freedoms are not occasion for us to promote selfish interests or
exercise our privilege over another.

Rather, in light of the independence we enjoy, we are called to
recommit ourselves to what binds us together. May we once again seek cooperatively to love and serve You, as we devote ourselves to love and serve this country and all who have pledged themselves to its principles.

May we, without fault, in response to Your undeserved favor on our
country, proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.

God bless America.

In Your saving name we pray. Amen.

A Presbyterian is praying in the House
A Presbyterian is praying in the House

A Presbyterian is praying in the House

(PNS) A minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbytery of Philadelphia, the Rev. Margaret Grun Kibben, a retired Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy’s Chaplain Corps, has been named Chaplain of the 117th U.S. House of Representatives. This historic appointment, announced Dec. 31 by House Speaker Nancy...


Prayer during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Fr. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.
Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives

God of Mercy, thank You for giving us another day.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be Your loving embrace to our neighbors.

May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.

Every day we are called to be holy people. Help us to be our best selves, and may all that is done be for Your greater honor and glory.



Opening Prayer
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

Merciful God, we give you thanks for giving us another day. We pause in your Presence and ask guidance for the men and women of the People’s House.

As the Members take this time to consider far-reaching legislation, and consider historic Constitutional action, give them Wisdom and Discernment.

Help them to realize that Your constituency is wider and broader than ever we could measure or determine. Help them, and help us all O Lord, to put away any judgments that belong to You and do what we can to live together in harmony.

Bless us this day and every day, and may all that is done be for Your greater honor and glory.



Opening Prayer
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Chaplain Major General Steven Schaick, USAF
U.S. Air Force, The Pentagon
Washington, DC
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Collins (GA-09)

Loving God, we ask forgiveness for all the times we forget things that bear remembering. Sometimes we forget that when Sam Johnson's F-4 was shot down and 7 years of torture ensued, he credits prayer, holy scripture, and Your undeniable presence for his survival, release, and his becoming a U.S. Congressman. And sometimes we forget that when Tech Sergeant Bell was r***d by a man she once considered a friend, leaving her with hopelessness and thoughts of su***de, You, O Lord, raised her up to become one of our most amazing non-commissioned officers.

Lord, Your fingerprints are seen on every sortie, every mission, and on the precious lives of every airman, past and present. And so today we can say "happy birthday" with humble gratitude.

We pray Your continued blessing on our United States Air Force, which today celebrates its 72nd birthday. We pray also Your blessings upon these Halls of Congress and on our United States of America. Amen.


Opening Prayer
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Brother Peter Tabichi, Order of St. Francis
Pwani Village, Kenya
Sponsor: Karen Bass (CA-37)

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
We pray for peace in the world.
We pray that our hands and hearts be stretched out in compassion and in the service of others.
You remind us, "Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else."
Lord, make us an instrument of Your peace.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.


Opening Prayer
Monday, September 16, 2019
Rev. Dr. Dan C. Cummins
Capitol Worship
Washington, DC

Merciful Father, in times like these, we need Your Holy Spirit to refresh us, cleanse us. In times like these, we need Your word revealed to heal us. In times like these, we need Your prophet to speak, "This is the way, walk ye in it."

In times like these, we need our sins, which are many, washed in Your blood. In times like these, we need reminding that before Your throne there is no party, no race, no gender, no saint--just sinners saved by grace. In times like these, we need reminding that wisdom is not debated, it comes through fearing You. In times like these, when we feel victimized by our circumstances, let us become more than conquerors through Christ who strengthens us.

And yes, in times like these, when we see so many around us in desperation, remind us one more time, we are our brother's keeper.

In Jesus' name I pray... Amen.


Opening Prayer
Friday, September 13, 2019
Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti
Catholic University of America
Washington, DC

Good and gracious God, You have entered our world and defeated the powers of evil. Come now to this place, continue Your saving work, and cast out any remnants of discord and darkness. May this be a holy place, and may Your holy angels protect each and every person who enters. We make this prayer in the power of Your spirit and in Your holy name. Amen.


Opening Prayer
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Rev. Kyle Wright II
Holy Cross Lutheran Church & School
Collinsville, Illinois
Sponsor: Rep. John Shimkus (IL-15)

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, Amen.

I thank and praise You, Heavenly Father, for moving each and every one of these men and women to serve this country which You sustain in Your mercy. Watch over them this day that Your will be done in their discussions, decisions, and, most of all, their actions.

You are the God of all power and might who, out of love for Your creation, established order from chaos, peace from discord, and life from death.

For the sake of Christ Jesus our Lord, forgive us of our pride, our disobedience, and our poor stewardship of what You have placed into our care. According to Your mercy, open the eyes and hearts of Your people so they may know the depth of Your love found only in Christ Jesus.

Dear Lord, I commend to Your care our Congress,our government, and our Nation, as You judge and keep us according to Your just mercy.

In Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.


Opening Prayer
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

God of Heaven and Earth, we give You thanks for giving us another day.

Today we remember a day 18 years ago, begun in terror and violence, and ended in heroic effort and courage. We mourn those whose lives were snatched from them, and wish to comfort those left behind who still strive to cope with their loss. May You, O God, give them peace and healing.

We thank You again for the almost universal, international response to a great American tragedy, which all the world recognized as theirs as well. All Your children of good will could see the horror of actions by men, who would presume to act in Your name, causing so much death and destruction. May Your spirit of peace and justice continue to fill the hearts of people of all faiths, races, and nations. Help us to recognize Your creative love in the lives of all who share this beautiful planet.

Bless the men and women who serve this great Nation in the Senate and House of Representatives. May they be reminded of the importance of standing together to face the dangers presented by America's historical enemies.

May they be confident in the knowledge that all Americans stand behind them in their common effort to forge legislation that will reflect the resilient greatness of our Nation, protect our democratic process, and build a vibrant economy into a safe and secure future.

May all that is done this day be for Your greater honor and glory. Amen.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Pastor Kevin Yriarte
Journey of Faith Church
Covina, California

Father, thank You for our leaders You have chosen. Lord, search their hearts and give them wisdom and discernment to lead our Nation, courage to stand for what is right.

Bring peace to this House, Your presence to these Halls. May our leaders never lose their individual uniqueness, but may they also never lose their unity as one. Prevent differences from distracting from purpose; unite what others would try to divide; restore what is broken.

Thank You that we live in a country where we are free to live, free to believe, free to express. May we remember that we are not a country divided by different views or beliefs; we are a country of people united by Your love as one body, one nation. Your Word created this country. May Your Word sustain this country.

God, continue to cover, protect, and bless America. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.


Opening Prayer
Monday, September 9, 2019
Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

Dear Lord, we give You thanks for giving us another day.

As the Members of this people's House return from a lengthy time in their home districts, bless them with renewed energy to address the issues remaining in this first session of the 116th Congress.

Give them wisdom in their work, that our economy might benefit all Americans, so that our countrymen and women throughout these United States might be able to provide for their families and to build lives we have all come to expect for our citizens.

May all that is done this day be for Your greater honor and glory. Amen.


Opening Prayer
Friday, August 6, 2019
Rev. Kenneth Nelson
Seneca Community Church
Germantown, MD

We bless You, our gracious God, the creator of Heaven and Earth. We--the ancestors, the families, and friends of Seneca Community Church--cry out to You to bestow upon this body of Representatives the wisdom to address the needs of our time.

May they bring about a transformation of our country and the world to provide grace, mercy, blessings, and love in the name of Jesus.

May they work together with a liberating spirit to right wrongs, to alleviate poverty, and to prevent illness.

May they have an indomitable will to prevent injustice and to release a new provision of blessings for our times.

May they find every opportunity to achieve harmony and hope, and let them never be afraid to become better each day.

We pray for God's power and presence in us now and forever. Amen.


Opening Prayer
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

We give You thanks, O God, for giving us another day. In the wake of a great American holiday, we ask Your special blessing on American workers. May they know and be confident of the nobility and sacredness of their labor.

During this final week of August recess, may the Members of this people's House find inspiration and energy to address the issues they face upon their return.

Bring them to a deeper level of awareness of Your spirit. Give them listening hearts, ready and willing to respond to Your spirit living in each of them.

And may all that is done be for Your greater honor and glory. Amen.


Opening Prayer
Friday, August 30, 2019
Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

Gracious God, we give You thanks for giving us another day.

You have blessed us with all good gifts, and with thankful hearts we express our gratitude. You have created us with opportunities to serve other people in their need, to share together in respect and affection, and to be faithful in the responsibilities we have been given.

In this moment of prayer, please grant to the Members of this people's House, as they continue to meet with their respective constituents and the August recess nears its conclusion, the gifts of wisdom and discernment, that in their words and actions they will do justice, love with mercy, and walk humbly with You.

May all that is done this day be for Your greater honor and glory. Amen.


Opening Prayer
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti
Catholic University of America
Washington DC

Good and gracious God, as the days of summer come to a close and as we look forward to the busy days of fall, we pray that You would cast out the darkness of discord in our country and in this place.

May Your Holy Spirit descend upon us and usher in a new time of unity, mutual respect, and peace.

May You give to this place and to all those who will gather here a special grace of joy and peace.

We pray this in Your holy name. Amen.


Opening Prayer
Friday, August 23, 2019
Rev. William Gurnee
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Washington, DC

Dear Father in Heaven, we ask Your blessing upon this body and all its Members as they seek to serve the people of this Nation. In our country, we believe that every person matters and every voice should be heard. Help the Members of Congress as they travel in their districts to listen with hearts of faith to the cares and concerns of their constituents. May they also find time to rest and enjoy their own families as well during this recess.

Grant them safe travel back to this Chamber so they can conduct the important business of our country. Finally, dear Lord, give the Members of this body the virtue of courage in difficult times, the virtue of charity in all times, and at the end of the day, the certain knowledge that they have served their country well. Amen.


Opening Prayer
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Rev. Michael Wilker
Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, DC

God, who stretched the spangled heavens, we Your children, in Your likeness, share inventive powers with You.

Thank You for the delightful and awesome creation of which we are a part. Thank You, also, for the scientists of this Nation, especially those who serve in our government. We are sorry for the times our laziness, ignorance, greed, and fear have caused us to misuse Your gifts of science and technology. Grant us diligence, wisdom, curiosity,
and compassion regarding the science and technology issues before us.

Help legislators and staff members craft legislation, appropriate funds, and provide oversight to support and encourage scientific study, advance technological innovation, and deepen our understanding of human societies and bodies.

In all we learn and do, may we care for creation, serve our neighbors, and honor You, great creator. Amen.


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