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prayer
(Senate - April 25, 2013)

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                                 prayer

  The PRESIDING OFFICER. Today's opening prayer will be offered by Rev. 
John Edgerton, Old South Church, Boston, MA.
  The guest Chaplain offered the following prayer:
  Along with the heartbroken of Boston, let us pray.
  O God, remember this assembly, which you acquired long ago. Have 
regard for Your covenant, for the dark places of the land are full of 
the haunts of violence. Your foes have roared; they have roared within 
Your holy place; they set up their emblems there. They said to 
themselves: We will utterly subdue them. But it is God who executes 
justice, putting down one and lifting up another. For in the hand of 
the Lord, there is a cup with foaming wine, well mixed. God will pour a 
draught from it, and the wicked of the Earth shall drain it to the 
dregs.
  Lord, You were favorable to Your land. Restore us again, O God of our 
salvation. Will You not revive us again, so that Your people may 
rejoice in You? Let me hear what the Lord will speak. Peace. God speaks 
peace to the people, to the faithful, to those who turn to the Lord in 
their hearts. Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet. Righteousness 
and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the 
ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. It is You who 
have said so, O God.
  Amen.

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