WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has reconvened with fervent prayers as lawmakers consider whether to approve a military strike on Syria.
Before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the floor to blame the Syrian government for using deadly chemical weapons, Senate Chaplain Barry Black prayed, "Lord, we acknowledge that unless you guard our nation, our efforts to find security are futile."
On the House side, Father Patrick Conroy's invocation expressed fear that "we seem to be entering a passageway of darkness." The House chaplain prayed, "As the tensions of violence continue to mount, we turn to you, Lord God, as our hope and salvation."
Reid said the Senate will be voting to uphold a century-long tradition that chemical weapons have no place on the battlefield. Reid moved for a key test vote on Wednesday -- but that vote was later postponed.