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Archbishop Elpidophoros of America posted a video in which he asked God to bless the new US President, Joe Biden, and the Vice-President, Kamala Harris.
The Archbishop of America had been invited by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to offer prayer at the Virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service.
US President Joe Biden joined the virtual event hosted by the Washington National Cathedral. Archbishop Elpidophoros represented Orthodox Christianity and offered a prayer on behalf of the faithful of the United States.
The customary interfaith service, which dates back to the first inauguration of President George Washington, was entirely virtual this year due to the pandemic.
Furthermore, the Archbishop of America said: “You have brought us once again to our national moment of passing the torch of freedom. We thank you for your kindness and compassion. Almighty God, shower Your blessings upon our President, Joe Biden, and our Vice President, Kamala Harris. Grant unto them wisdom, grace, and fortitude to lead our Nation to a brighter, safer, and more healthful future for all Americans.”
In addition, he asked the Lord to strengthen them to their mission to bring healing, reconciliation and peace to the US. “Imbue them with virtue, righteousness, and a keen sense of justice so that all Americans can have confidence that their rights as citizens will always be defended and protected,” he added.
Finally, he said, “We petition Your Grace, Majesty, Glory and Dominion to You, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Glorify to the ages and ages. Amen.”
Watch the full video of the Archbishop of America below: