The First Session of the Continental Congress opened the beginning of September in the year 1774 with prayer in Carpenter’s Hall, Philadelphia.
Threatened by the most powerful monarch in the world, Britain’s King George III, America’s founding fathers heard Rev. Jacob Duche’ read Psalm 35, the Anglican Book of Common Prayer’s “Psalter” for that day September 7, 1774:
“Plead my cause, Oh, Lord, with them that strive with me, fight against them that fight against me. Take hold of buckler and shield, and rise up for my help.
Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me; Say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation.’
Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.”
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