Congressional Prayer Room

Did you know there’s a private prayer chapel in the United States Capitol for US representatives and senators? And as a place of prayer, it isn’t open to the public. The room near the Capitol Rotunda was established by House and Senate resolution and opened in 1955. Its focal point is a stained-glass window depicting George Washington kneeling in prayer.

Surrounding him are words from Psalm 16:1: “Preserve me, O God, for in thee do I put my trust” (KJV). Above the kneeling Washington are words from Lincoln’s Gettysburg address “This Nation Under God.” Two lower panels of the window show the Bible and a candle, “signifying the light from God’s law.” Underneath the window, a Bible is opened to Psalm 23.

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