President Obama welcomed 150 Christian leaders to the White House East Room for the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast.
President Obama kicked off Holy Week at the White House Monday with 150 Christian leaders at the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast. In brief remarks, Obama offered his condolences to the victims of the shooting in Overland Park, Kan., and he praised those gathered for their ministry work. “You don’t remain on the sidelines,” he told the group. “I want to thank you for your ministries, for your good works, for the marching you do for justice, and dignity and inclusion.” To wrap up his homily, the President jokingly quoted the prayer: “Lord fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff and nudge me when I’ve said enough.” “The Almighty is nudging me,” he told the laughing pastors before sitting down. Rev. Otis Moss Jr., whose son Otis Moss III replaced the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright as the senior pastor at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, delivered the sermon for the gathering and Christian singer/songwriter Carlos Whittaker performed. Pastor Joel Hunter offered the opening prayer and in an unscripted move, Obama asked Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, to deliver the closing prayer. Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery, Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore and Samuel Rodriguez
, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
, were among the guests. The tradition was started by the Obama administration in 2010 to specifically celebrate the life and death of Christ. The President and First Lady will host a Passover seder at the White House on Tuesday, on the second night of the Jewish holiday. firstname.lastname@example.org CORRECTION: An earlier version described Rev. Otis Moss Jr. as the senior minister of Trinity United Church of Christ. His son, Rev. Otis Moss III, is the pastor at the Chicago church.