Religion: Capitol Prayers

Each House of the U. S. Congress has a chaplain; each pays its chaplain $1,680 a year. His only duties: a prayer at the beginning of each day's session. Senate Chaplain Ze Barney Thorne Phillips* and House Chaplain James Shera Montgomery each have one funny name and a sonorous baritone. Both are popular, convivial; both officiate at more Congressional funerals (no extra pay) than at weddings and baptisms. Chaplain Phillips, 63, Episcopalian, has held office for twelve years, conducts a Washington parish on the side. Chaplain Montgomery, 74, Methodist, has been on the job in the House for 18 years, has...

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