Presidential Inaugural 2013: Interfaith Prayer Service Set for Washington National Cathedral

(Photo Credit: Washington National Cathedral/Donovan Marks)President Barack Obama (left) is seen at a memorial at the Washington National Cathedral for the late Dr. Dorothy Irene Height on April 29, 2010. From left to right: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden.

As a part of Presidential Inaugural activities in January set to kick off President Barack Obama's second term in office, he, along with Vice President Joe Biden, a group of leaders of various faith groups and other dignitaries will take part in an interfaith prayer service to be held at the Washington National Cathedral.

"The Inaugural Prayer Service is an historic observance that Washington National Cathedral is honored to host once again for President Obama, said the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Cathedral.

The Cathedral, which is a part of the Episcopal Church, first hosted a presidential inauguration in 1933, and has done so for recent presidential administrations.

This year's event will take place on Tuesday, January 22 at 10:30 a.m., will be ticketed by invitation only and also webcast live at

Rev. Hall said "[t]he 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."

A spokesman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee spoke of the President's faith and the purpose of the service.

"President Obama's own faith has played an integral role in his life and presidency, so it is fitting that the beginning of his second term be marked by the acknowledgement and celebration of the role of people of faith in American life," said Presidential Inaugural Committee Communications Director Brent Colburn. "This service will celebrate the values and diversity that make our nation strong."

The Cathedral also said it would hold a special exhibit entitled "Presidents at the Cathedral," which shows visits to the Cathedral by Presidents throughout its 105 year history. The exhibit will open in January.

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