His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will offer a prayer at the Virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, to be held on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.
The Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service will be held virtually this year due to the covid-19 pandemic.
“The diverse program will include prayers, readings, blessings, and hymns from interfaith leaders, celebrated artists, and other inspiring voices who will come together to mark the beginning of a new national journey that restores the soul of America, brings the country together, and creates a path to a brighter future,” the announcement reads.
Archbishop Elpidophoros will represent Orthodox Christianity and offer a prayer on behalf of 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.”