The Chaplain, the Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, offered the following prayer: Loving God, we give You thanks for giving us another day. As we meditate on all the blessing of life, we especially pray for the blessing of peace in our lives and in our world. Our fervent prayer, O God, is that people will learn to live together in reconciliation and respect, so that the terrors of war, and of dictatorial abuse, will be no more. As You have created each person, we pray that You would guide our hearts and minds that every person of every place and background might focus on Your great gift of life, and so learn to live in unity. May Your special blessings be upon the Members of this assembly, in the important, sometimes difficult work they do. Give them wisdom and charity, that they might work together for the common good. May all that is done this day in the people's House, be for Your greater honor and glory. Amen.