Six religious leaders, five Christians and one Jew, prayed at Friday’s inauguration ceremony for President Donald Trump, and for the most part, they stressed piety over politics, offering prayers that could be shared by Americans of virtually any political persuasion.
For the most part, the religious leaders who took part in Friday’s inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States emphasized piety over politics, offering prayers which, in principle, could be shared by Americans of virtually any political persuasion.
Prior to Trump taking the oath of office, three prominent figures on the American Christian landscape were called upon to offer Scriptural readings and an invocation: Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who went first; Reverend Dr. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, an Evangelical; and Pastor Paula White-Cain of the New Destiny Christian Center, an Evangelical and televangelist.
Dolan delivered a reading from the Book of Wisdom, asking God to help leaders “to govern the world in holiness and righteousness, [and] to render judgment with integrity of heart.
“Though we may be perfect among mortals, if wisdom which comes from you is lacking, we count for nothing,” the reading continued.
Rodriguez read from chapter five of the Gospel of Matthew, from the beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount, offering blessings upon the poor, the humble, those who hunger and thirst for justice, the merciful, the pure in heart, those who work for justice, and those who are persecuted for doing right.
White-Cain then delivered an invocation, the first time…[READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2017/01/20/religious-leaders-inauguration-stress-piety-politics/ ]