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Senate Chaplain Barry Black Closes Historic Joint Session of Congress with Prayer


Seventh-day Adventist Senate Chaplain Barry Black offered the closing prayer on the joint session of Congress in the early hours of Thursday, January 7, 2021. The session, which convened on Wednesday to certify President-elect Biden’s victory, was forced to delay by several hours after violent pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol Building.

“Lord of our lives and Sovereign of our beloved nation. We deplore the desecration of the United States Capitol Building, the shedding of innocent blood, the loss of life, and the quagmire of disfunction that threaten our democracy. These tragedies have reminded us that words matter and that the power of life and death is in the tongue,” began Black.

Watch his full prayer below or by clicking here.


Alisa Williams is managing editor of

Image Credit: Video still from The Hill’s coverage.


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