Jan, 22nd 2021 – Dozens of faith leaders participated in a virtual edition of the interfaith National Prayer Service hosted by the Washington National Cathedral on Thursday the 21st of January gathering digitally for a service that articulated a spiritual endorsement of diversity, healing and repairing the breach.
As both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris watched with their families from the White House, the Very Rev. Randolph Hollerith, dean of the cathedral, and Bishop Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, opened the service.
They acknowledged the profound challenges facing the country, as well as the harm wrought by the deaths of more than 400,000 Americans to COVID-19.
Head of the IKAR community in California, Rabbi Sharon Brous said, “We stand before you in this moment full of pain, and full of promise. In the midst of pandemic, in the shadow of violent insurrection, we lift up the ancient Jewish promise that after the long night of suffering, a redemptive dawn will come.”
Several faith leaders prayed for the president and his vice in particular. Rev Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, spoke of the Supreme Court, asking God to fill their deliberations with insight and their judgments with integrity.
Catholic nun and former head of the Catholic Health Association Sister Carol Keehan played a key in urging Congress to pass the Affordable Care Act.
She said, “Guide and bless senators and members of the House of Representatives, so that they may enact laws for the common good and the protection of the most vulnerable.”