Inauguration: Different and Significant

Date: January 20, 2021

One joy of our proximity to the District of Columbia is that we can both attend and enjoy the spectacle of the traditional peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next, to witness history in the making. Sadly, our experience this year is much more complicated. Presence is discouraged; the country is divided; there is real concern about significant unrest.

Nevertheless, we should pause on this day and marvel at its significance. Electoral officers at the state level, the courts, the Electoral College, the Supreme Court, and finally the Congress – all played their role in making this moment possible. Power will pass from one president to another.

Once sworn in, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will take responsibility for the executive branch of the Government. We recognize, in particular, the significance of the new vice president. She is the first female vice president and the first vice president of African and Asian descent.

We pray often for the president and the vice president. We did when President Trump was in office; we will now pray for President Biden and Vice President Harris. Let us pray:

O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world:
We commend this nation to your merciful care, that,
being guided
by your Providence, we may dwell secure in your peace.
Grant to the President of the United States and to the Vice President of the United States
and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do your will.
Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful
of their calling to serve this people in your fear;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President

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