January 20th, 2009
03:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Senate prayers for Kennedy after collapse

Senate chaplain Barry C. Black prays for Sen. Kennedy Tuesday.

Senate chaplain Barry C. Black prays for Sen. Kennedy Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Orrin Hatch said Tuesday Sens. Dodd, Kerry and Hatch all accompanied Kennedy to the ambulance after he collapsed at the Capitol luncheon held in honor of President Obama.

"He looked like he was going to be ok. We all prayed for him," Hatch told CNN producer Evan Glass.

On the Senate floor, the chaplain offered a special prayer for the Massachusetts senator. "In a special way today, we ask for your healing hands to be placed upon Senator Teddy Kennedy," he said. "Oh god, you are a healer, and we claim your promise that if we will ask in faith, you will respond."

Sen. Patrick Leahy just said that after Kennedy had problems, President Obama went to the area. "He came back and seemed very, very concerned. He spoke to others and asked for a moment of silence," said Leahy.

Filed under: Inauguration
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Lord, please watch over and protect Sen. Kennedy.

    I want him to live to see Obama sign his healthcare bill.

    January 20, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Kathy S. Cloughn

    You're in our prayers, Teddy. We need you in Washington...get well, soon!!

    January 20, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. a little sad

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Senator Kennedy.

    January 20, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Pat Scholey

    CNN went IMMEDIATELY from a credible news source to a tacky shallow gossip venue once it was reported that Sen Kennedy collapsed. The disrespect you demonstrated by 'giving air time to anyone any of your reporters could get on camera' is very shameful. I have been a very strong CNN supporter and viewer since 1985 and today you lost my respect and probably for ever more. At a time of such an historic event you had to spend so much time on 'hearsay' like the dreaded Papparazzi, which is so unlike CNN....shame on you. One would have thought that a journalist station such as CNN would have had a contingency plan on how to deal with events of many kind which would have included not turning such a tragic event into the circus you created. I turned to other news stations (ie: NBC) who handled the situation with much more grace and journalistic professionalism.

    A very kind mention of the event that happened to Sen Kennedy and updates as appropriate would have kept your sophistication...but you lost it and I am so very disappointed in your portrayal of this turn of events. Once again...shame on you.

    January 20, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Peggy in Ohio

    Our prayers are with you, Teddy, and your family. I'm so glad you are still with us to experience this moment. Please be well and help guide our new President.

    January 20, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. George

    Sen Kennedy is a fighter. He will be alright. He is in our thoughts and prayers.

    January 20, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. D.P.

    Normally a moment of silence isn't requested for someone who is 'going to be ok'.

    January 20, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. maryland

    Our hearts and prayers are for you Sen. Kennedy.

    January 20, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Proud American Nelda

    Our prayers and best wishes are with the Kennedy Family. I have seen this family through so much in my life and I hope to see them and Sen. Ted through many more years. He and his entire family are American legends, and I pray that God smiles on him and keeps him safe and well.

    January 20, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. John Drown

    God is supposed to be capatalized, it is a proper name

    January 20, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Gloria - Minnesota

    I pray that Senator Kennedy will overcome this setback! I am so glad he was able to attend the inauguration and be a part of this historic day no matter what his health status eventually is.

    January 20, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. B.F.

    It is a good thing he wasn't in a school lunchroom. They couldn't have asked prayer for him.

    January 20, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Dr. P. Lang

    prayer? not a good start for the administration.

    January 20, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |