Commonwealth Policy Center

Barry Black is the Chaplain to the U.S. Senate and most American’s may not have known about him or that the Senate even had a chaplain before the impeachment trial. Black led the Senate in prayer each day of the trial. He reverently appealed to God in each prayer, invoked the Golden Rule, and called for the Senators to do justice and judge righteously. He also asked God to give “our senators the desire to make the most of their time on Earth. “Teach them how to live, oh God, and lead them along the path of honesty.” His prayers were orthodox, heartfelt, and deeply Biblical. While some may see this as unusual, spiritual guidance by a protestant minister has been part of the Senate since it first convened in New York City in April 1789.