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President-elect Donald Trump’s will have more prayers read during his inauguration ceremonies than any president in American history.

Trump, who began Inauguration Day at St. John’s Church for a service, will have six religious prayers, three invocations, and three benedictions during Friday’s ceremonies, McClatchy DC reports.

The New York Times has the lineup:

¦ A Catholic, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop of New York.

¦ A Hispanic evangelical, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

¦ A woman, Pastor Paula White, of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Fla.

¦ A Jew, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, in Los Angeles, which teaches about the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and prejudice.

¦ A white evangelical, the Rev. Franklin Graham, son and successor of the evangelist Billy Graham.

¦ An African-American, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Great Faith Ministries, in Detroit.

According to Times, that’s a record. Richard Nixon previously held the record with five during his inauguration in 1969.

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