A "National Prayer Service" has been announced for the day after President Barack Obama's second inauguration, according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee. The service, which will be attended by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, will be held at the National Cathedral, in Washington, D.C.
"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," announces the Presidential Inaugural Committee. "The National Prayer Service takes place at the conclusion of Inaugural activities and will represent America’s diversity of faith and belief."
The dean of the National Cathedral, Very Rev. Gary Hall, says, “The Inaugural Prayer Service is an historic observance that Washington National Cathedral is honored to host once again for President Barack Obama. 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 God’s purpose might shine forth with new clarity in our lives.”
“President Obama’s 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,” says the spokesman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
The service is for invited guests only.