ARCHBISHOP CHOLOYAN OFFERS OPENING PRAYER FOR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Armenian Weekly Staff
Wed, Apr 21 2010

Prays for an End to Barbarity upon God's Creatures

WASHINGTON-The U.S. House of Representatives opened on Wed., April 21
with a prayer by His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate
of the Armenian Apostolic Church of the Eastern United States, in
which he invoked the memory of the Armenian Genocide and prayed that
such barbarity is never again inflicted upon any of God's creatures,
reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Choloyan's service as the guest chaplain of the House of
Representatives came at the request of New York Congresswoman
Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), a long-time friend and supporter of the
Armenian American community. Following the opening prayer, Maloney
offered brief remarks of her own, praising the spiritual leadership
of Choloyan and joining with him in marking the 95th anniversary of
the Armenian Genocide.

The full text of Archbishop Choloyan's prayer is provided below. To
read both Choloyan's opening prayer and Maloney's remarks, visit
www.anca.org/press_releases/press_releases.p hp?prid=1859.

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Almighty God, we seek your grace and wisdom in our lives and in our
leaders that they may serve your people with truth and justice.

Remember your faithful servants, the Armenian people, who for 95
Aprils have lived with the memory of the genocide of one and a half
million of their nation. We pray that such barbarity never again be
inflicted upon any of your creatures.

We give thanks for the blessings that you have bestowed upon the
remnant of the Armenian people who were welcomed and given new life
in the United States of America. We thank you for delivering us from
the depths of despair into this land of liberty.

Bless America, the country of greatness and goodness. Renew the values
of our American heritage so that America will remain the country of
truth, freedom, justice, and peace.

We stand before you and ask this in your name and for your glory.

Amen.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress