(CNSNews.com) - "Our purpose must be accomplished," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday night as the House resumed its part of the constitutionally mandated job of certifying the Electoral College vote.
Pelosi condemned the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol that delayed the proceedings for hours, and she offered prayers for peace:
We know that we're in difficult times, but little could we have imagined the assault that was made on our democracy today. To those who strove to deter us from our responsibility, you have failed. To those who engaged in the gleeful desecration of this, our temple of democracy, American democracy, justice will be done.
Today, January 6, is the Feast of the Epiphany. On this day of elation, let us pray that this instigation to violence will provide an epiphany for our country to heal.
In that spirit of healing, I invoke the song of St. Francis. I usually do. St. Francis is the patron saint of my city of San Francisco, and the song of St. Francis is our anthem: 'Lord, make me a channel of thy peace. Where there is darkness, may I bring light. Where there is hatred, let us bring love. Where there is despair, let us bring hope.'
We knew that we would be part of history in a positive way today. Every four years, when we demonstrate again the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next. And despite the shameful actions of today, we still will do so.
We will be part of a history that shows the world what America is made of. That this assault -- this assault is just that. It shows the weakness of those who had to show through violence what their message was.
Near the end of her remarks, Pelosi returned to her prayer for peace on earth:
"So on this holy day of Epiphany, let us pray. I'm a big believer in prayer. Let us pray that there will be peace on earth and that it will begin with us. Let us pray that God will continue to bless America."