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Text of Reaffirming the proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln on March 30, 1863, in which President Lincoln called for national humility, ...

...for national humility, fasting, and prayer, and for other purposes.

This resolution was introduced on September 27, 2000, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 27, 2000 (Introduced).

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HRES 597 IH

106th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 597

Reaffirming the proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln on March 30, 1863, in which President Lincoln called for national humility, fasting, and prayer, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 27, 2000

Mrs. CHENOWETH-HAGE submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform


RESOLUTION

Reaffirming the proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln on March 30, 1863, in which President Lincoln called for national humility, fasting, and prayer, and for other purposes.

Whereas in a proclamation dated March 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln stated as follows:

‘[W]hereas it is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord:

‘And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

‘It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.’; and

Whereas although the United States is now at peace, civil unrest divides the Nation and its people: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That--

      (1) the House of Representatives reaffirms the proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln on March 30, 1863, in which President Lincoln called for national humility, fasting, and prayer;

      (2) it is the sense of the House of Representatives that all normal business of the Congress should be set aside on a Day of Repentance and Reconciliation for the United States, so that Members of the Congress may join with all Americans in a solemn assembly--

        (A) to humble themselves with prayer and fasting;

        (B) to repent individual and corporate sins; and

        (C) to seek God’s healing, reconciliation, and favor for the Nation and its future; and

      (3) the House of Representatives encourages people of faith throughout the Nation to join in solemn assembly for such a day.