The First Continental Congress, Tuesday, September 6, 1774,
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
Delivered to the Assembly by Rev. Jacob Duche
O' Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords,
who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest

with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments;
look down in mercy, we beseech thee, on these our American States,
who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor
and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection,
desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee,
to Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause;
to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support,

which Thou alone canst give; take them,
therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care;

give them Wisdom in Council and Valor in the field;
defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries;

convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause
and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes,

of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts,
constrain them to drop the weapons of war
from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!

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.

Another Prayer in Congress
July 4, 1776
In Thanksgiving for Liberty and Freedom In Thanksgiving

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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