His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros will offer a prayer at the “Virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service,” to be held tomorrow, Wednesday, as Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.
An announcement from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America states that Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Americas was invited by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to offer prayer at the first-ever Virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service.
The Service will be held on Thursday, January 21, at 10:00 AM ET. Then-President Joe Biden will join the virtual event, which will be hosted by the (Episcopalian) Washington National Cathedral.
The service will be live-streamed here and at the Cathedral’s own website, here, with closed captioning and American Sign Language provided. The customary interfaith service, which dates back to the first inauguration of President George Washington, will be entirely virtual this year in order to commemorate the Inauguration safely.
Archbishop Elpidophoros, representing Orthodox Christianity, will offer a prayer on behalf of all the faithful of the United States. Commenting on his participation, His Eminence said:
“It is a distinct honor to join with other faith leaders from around the country, and pray to our Merciful and Loving God for our new President and Vice President. This venerable tradition is a concrete example of how we can unite as a Nation in prayer for our elected leaders.
“In joining our intercessions with other Americans of different beliefs and customs, we affirm the essential nature of our American Democracy as a place of freedom of conscience and faith. Let us all pray for the health and success of our new President and Vice President, that our land may heal and our country unite.”
For further information about the Prayer Service, please click on this link.