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Presidential Inaugural Committee announces National Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral

Leaders spanning diverse faiths to participate in interfaith event

Published: January 2, 2013 9:51 AM

WASHINGTON On Tuesday, January 22 at 10:30 a.m., the day following their second Inaugural, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will participate in the National Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral. A tradition dating back to President George Washington, the National Prayer Service will include prayers, readings, blessings and hymns delivered by religious leaders from across the United States. The National Prayer Service takes place at the conclusion of Inaugural activities and will represent Americas diversity of faith and belief.

The Inaugural Prayer Service is an historic observance that Washington National Cathedral is honored to host once again for President Barack Obama, said the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Cathedral. The Cathedral has come to be known as a spiritual home for the nation, and as part of living into that calling it is our prayer that the service will embody the hopes and vision of our nation, and that Gods purpose might shine forth with new clarity in our lives.

The beginning of President Obamas second term will be marked by the acknowledgement and celebration of the role of people of faith in American life, said Presidential Inaugural Committee Spokeswoman Addie Whisenant. President Obamas own faith has played an integral role in his life, his commitment to service and his presidency, and this important tradition will celebrate the values and diversity that make us strong.

Attendance for the National Prayer Service is by invitation only and tickets are required. The service will also be webcast live at www.nationalcathedral.org. More information about the National Prayer Service, including program and participants, is forthcoming. For the latest updates on the 2013 Presidential Inauguration please visit www.2013pic.org.


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