Following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, Washington National Cathedral announced it would stream a brief service of prayers for the nation each day from January 7 to 19 ahead of the presidential inauguration. The services occur at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Since 1985 the newly inaugurated president has attended a National Prayer Service at the cathedral where leaders from many faiths have participated. As of January 15, given the Covid-19 pandemic and enhanced security concerns, no such service has been announced as part of Biden’s inauguration. Thus these daily services can be seen as something of a substitute for the usual multi-faith service. They reflect the same concern for the broad inclusion of American religious communities. The participants, necessarily, however, are all drawn from the Washington area, rather than from across the nation.
Here is a list of the clergy participating in each service. The date links to the You-Tube recording of each service.
January 7: The Very Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, and Rabbi Bruce Lustig, Washington Hebrew Congregation
January 8: Hollerith and the Reverend William H. Lamar IV, pastor, Metropolitan Methodist Episcopal Church
January 9: The Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of Washington, and Imam Talib Sareef, Masjid Muhammad, The Nation’s Mosque.
January 10: Budde and the Very Reverend Kelly Brown Douglas, canon theologian, Washington National Cathedral and dean, Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary.
January 11: Hollerith and Dr. Rajwant Singh, chairman, Sikh Council on Religion and Education
January 12: Hollerith and Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director NETWORK (a lobby organization formed initially by Roman Catholic sisters)
January 13: Budde and the Reverend Leila Ortiz, bishop of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
January 14: Budde and the Reverend Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr., canon missioner and minister for equality and inclusion, Washington National Cathedral, and former pastor, Macedonian Baptist Church, Arlington, Virginia
January 15: Budde and the Reverend Dr. David B. Lindsey, executive director, Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington (Lindsey is ordained in the United Church of Christ)
January 16: Hollerith and the Reverend Dr. Bernard L. Richardson, dean of the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Howard University (Richardson is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church).
January 17: Hollerith and Rabbi Aaron Potek, Sixth & I Synagogue, Washington, D.C.
January 18: Budde and Mr. Bill Aiken, Soka Gakkai International-USA (Aiken was formerly the association’s director of public affairs) (Buddhist).
January 19: Hollerith and Dr. Richa Agarwala, outreach coordinator, Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center (Hindu)
This list will be updated after later services are webcast.
Revised: January 18, 2021.