The First Continental Congress, Tuesday, September 6,
their first official act was a call to prayer at 9:00am.
Ever since the First Continental Congress,
each session of Congress is still started with an opening prayer!
The First Prayer in Congress
Be Thou present, 0' God of wisdom,
and direct the councils of this honorable assembly;
enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation.
That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order,
harmony and peace may be effectually restored,
and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people.
Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds;
shower down on them and the millions they here represent,
such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world
and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come.
All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ,
Thy Son and our Savior.
Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won
liberty for themselves
and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn;
Grant, we beseech Thee, that we and all the peoples of this land
may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
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