National Cathedral Holds Inaugural Prayer Service

Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service held to pray over the new administration.

Members of the administration, including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, gathered together at the Washington National Cathedral to seek the will of God through prayer. This service is the 59th of its kind and is held at the start of each president’s term. This long-standing tradition dates back to the first inauguration of President George Washington and acknowledges the importance of prayer as the foundation of each administration

Members of several faiths and denominations were included among those seeking God’s blessing over the next four years. 

Due to the ongoing restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the president joined the gathering virtually with Vice President Harris, the first lady, and the second gentlemen. During the service’s homily, Rev. William Barber II prayed a passage of Scripture from Isaiah 58, asking God to “loose the bands of wickedness, [and] let the oppressed go free.” 

The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral said of the event, “This cathedral is a house of prayer for all people and a sacred space where America gathers in moments of deep significance, and we are honored to welcome the nation to pause, give thanks and seek God’s help in the hard work ahead.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For God to bless America and use President Biden to accomplish His holy plans.
  • For wisdom from Heaven to be given to President Biden and Vice President Harris and that God would direct their steps.
  • For God’s perfect will to be brought about through the work the president

Sources: National Cathedral, NPR


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