Catholic bishop of Burlington gives invocation on US Senate floor

Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 6:05 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2022 at 12:09 PM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Burlington gave the invocation on the U.S. Senate floor Tuesday morning.

Bishop Christopher Coyne was invited by Senate President Pro Tem Patrick Leahy.

Leahy, D-Vermont, opened the session by leading the Pledge of Allegiance and then introduced Bishop Coyne for the daily prayer.

“God of hope, and god of peace from whom all blessings flow, may your spirit of peace and wisdom descend upon all here present for the work of the Senate. May each of us seek to serve the common good of all both in our great nation and the world at large,” the bishop said. “And send some snow upon the ski slopes of Vermont soon. We ask this in your holy name, amen.”

Coyne is the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Burlington, encompassing the state of Vermont.