January 20, 2021

President Biden to attend interfaith prayer service on second day in office

President Joe Biden plans to attend a national prayer service on his second day in office. The service will be at the Washington National Cathedral. The service is set to include prayers and blessings from interfaith leaders and other notable figures.

The announcement on the Biden inaugural Website tells:



“The National Prayer Service is an important tradition for our nation and for President Biden, who has always been a man guided deeply by his faith. The program announced today will honor the role of faith in our country, and provide a moment to reflect on the unprecedented challenges we face, as we enter this new American chapter of healing to beat the pandemic, build back our economy better, and unify our country,” said PIC CEO and Delaware State University President Dr. Tony Allen.

Those who are set to attend include Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Greek Orthodox Primate Archbishop Elpidophoros, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah Senior Rabbi Sharon Klienbaum, President and First Lady of the Navajo Nation Jonathan and Phefelia Nez, President of the Muslim Community Network Dr. Debbie Almontaser, African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Vashti McKenzie, and — among many others — author Jen Hatmaker. Presbyterian, Hindu, Mormon and other representatives are also set to participate in the service. The Rev. William Barber II — an activist who leads the revived Poor People’s Campaign — is set to deliver the sermon.

“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. We thank President Biden, Vice President Harris and all our leaders for beginning this work in prayer as we strive to become the people God calls us to be,” said the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral.

Read the entire service announcement here.

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