The Continental Congress – Sep 2014
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The Continental Congress – Sep 2014

Delegates, appointed by the “Several Colonies and Provinces”, met in Philadelphia at Carpenter’s Hall.  What was their first order of business?

Monday  “The Congress proceeded to the choice of a President… [and] Secretary.  The gentlemen from the several Colonies produced their respective credentials, which were read and approved…”  Journals of Congress, September 5, 1774

Tuesday  “Resolved, That in determining questions in this Congress, each Colony or Province shall have one Vote…    Resolved, That no person shall speak more than twice on the same point…   Resolved, That the Revd. Mr. Duché be desired to open the Congress tomorrow morning with prayers…”  Journals of Congress, September 6, 1774

Wednesday  “Agreeable to the resolve of yesterday, the meeting was opened with prayers by the Revd. Mr. Duché.” Journals of Congress, September 7, 1774

“O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords… look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee…

Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation.  That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish among the people…   Amen.”  Rev. Jacob Duché, First Prayer of Continental Congress, Sep 7, 1774

James Still,

“Voted, That the Thanks of the Congress be given to Mr. Duché…  for performing divine Service, and for the excellent prayer, which he composed and delivered on the occasion.”    Journals of Congress,  September 7, 1774

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