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Washington, DC, December 18, 2012

Washington National Cathedral to Host Fifty-seventh Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service

President Obama and Vice President Biden to attend national prayer service on Tuesday, January 22


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Washington, D.C.—Washington National Cathedral today announced plans to host a national prayer service in celebration of the Fifty-seventh Presidential Inaugural. In partnership with the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee, the Cathedral will welcome President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with dignitaries and Americans of diverse faiths. The interfaith service will celebrate the previous day’s events through prayer, readings, and musical performances. The service on Tuesday, January 22, at 10:30 am, will be ticketed by invitation only and also webcast live at www.nationalcathedral.org.

“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 God’s purpose might shine forth with new clarity in our lives.”

“The beginning of President Obama’s 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 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.”

The Cathedral also announced plans today for a special exhibit, “Presidents at the Cathedral,” which chronicles past visits by U.S. presidents over the Cathedral’s 105-year history. The exhibit will open in January and be available for Cathedral visitors in the nave and on the Cathedral’s website. A special forum, which is free and open to the public about the history of the presidential inaugural, has also been scheduled for Sunday, January 20, at 10:10 am.

Beginning with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first inauguration in 1933, presidential inaugural prayer services have taken place at the Cathedral. That tradition has been more recently consistent since President Ronald Reagan’s second inauguration in 1985. The exception was President Bill Clinton, who chose Metropolitan AME Church, the historic black church in downtown Washington, for both of his inaugural prayer services. Washington National Cathedral has also been the location of funeral and memorial services for nearly all the 21 presidents of the United States since the Cathedral’s founding.

Who: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden
Interfaith leaders and other dignitaries

What: Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 10:30 am

Where: Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

Tickets: Tickets required; attendance by invitation only by the Presidential Inaugural Committee; visit www.2013pic.org.

Media: Cathedral leadership available for interviews. Contact Meredith MacKenzie at meredith@rabinowitz-dorf.com.

SOURCE: Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral