Senate chaplain PRAYS for civility as impeachment trial opens

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Senate Chaplain Barry Black opened the second day of Donald Trump's impeachment trial with a plea for civility, asking senators to remember 'words have consequences.'

He also asked God to give the lawmakers 'civility' as opening arguments begin in the president's trial on two charges of impeachment.

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His prayer follows a reprimand from the Chief Justice John Roberts, delivered in the late hours of Tuesday night after Republicans voted down a series of Democratic amendments in party-line votes and words between the two sides grew sharper.

Roberts offered a reminder to both sides that 'they are addressing the world's greatest deliberative body.'

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His appeal for civility was taken up by Black, 71, a retired Navy chaplain who was elected to the Senate post in June 2003 and is the first African American to hold the position.

'Sovereign god, author of liberty, we gather in this historic chamber for the solemn responsibility of these impeachment proceedings,' Black intoned in his opening prayer Wednesday morning as Roberts stood behind him with his head bowed.

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'Give wisdom to the distinguished Chief Justice John Roberts, as he presides. Lord, you are all powerful and know our thoughts before we form them. As our lawmakers have become jurors, remind them of your admonition in First Corinthians 10:31, that whatever they do should be done for your glory. Help them remember that patriots reside on both sides of the aisle, that words have consequences and that how something is said can be as important as what is said. Give them a civility built upon integrity that brings consistency in their beliefs and actions. We pray in your powerful name, amen,' Black concluded.

His words followed Tuesday's marathon first day where arguments over the trial's procedures went on until after 1 a.m.

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As the night wore on and the votes piled up, the impeachment...
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