Senate Prays Before Legalizing Gay Marriage: ‘Lord, Give Us the Grace to Stay on the Road of Virtuous and Godly Living’

CNSNews.com Staff | November 30, 2022 | 12:24pm EST
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(CNSNews.com) - Dr. Barry Black, the chaplain of the U.S. Senate, was called to the podium at the front of the chamber on Nov. 28 to say a prayer, as is the customary practice before the Senate begins its daily sessions.

The major business the Senate then dealt with was voting to approve the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act,” which effectively approves homosexual marriage nationwide.

“Lord, give us the grace to stay on the road of virtuous and godly living,” Dr. Black said in this prayer.

“Bring us into an ever deeper understanding of Your will,” he said. “Give our Senators Your peace and an awareness of Your abiding presence.

“May they exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do,” Dr. Black said in the prayer.

“Lord, empower them to cling tightly to their faith in You and to keep their conscience clear,” he said.

Having heard this prayer, the Senate went on during that day’s session to approve the Respect for Marriage Act—and, thus, extend nationwide recognition to homosexual marriage—by a vote of 61 to 36. (Three senators did not vote.)

Here is a full transcript of the prayer that Dr. Black delivered before the Senate voted for homosexual marriage:

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D.-Vt.): “The Senate will come to order, and the chaplain, Dr. Barry Black, will lead the Senate in prayer.”

Dr. Barry C. Black: “Let us pray.

“O God, in whom is calmness, peace, and harmony, thank You for your flourishing faith and growing love. Keep us from dissension and bring us to the unity of Your power.

“Lord, give us the grace to stay on the road of virtuous and godly living. Bring us into an ever deeper understanding of Your will. Give our Senators Your peace and an awareness of Your abiding presence.  May they exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do.

“Lord, empower them to cling tightly to their faith in You and to keep their conscience clear. We trust in You and know that You will lead us by Your truth.

“We pray in Your powerful Name. Amen.”

(This is a screen capture from the Congressional Record for Nov. 29, 2022.)
(This is a screen capture from the Congressional Record for Nov. 29, 2022.)
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