US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their family members attended a prayer meeting at a local historic church in downtown Washington DC before heading to the Capitol for their inauguration.
Biden and Harris and their families attended mass at St. Matthew’s Apostle Cathedral. They were joined by bipartisan congressional leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senator and JCCIC President Amy Klobuchar.
Father Kevin O’Brien delivered the homily. Violinist Patricia Treacy, soprano Rene Fleming and the St. Augustine Gospel Choir performed.
According to Biden Transition, the president-elect wore a navy suit and overcoat, both by American designer Ralph Lauren. His wife, Dr Jill Biden, wore an ocean blue wool tweed coat and dress by young American designer Alexandra O’Neil from Markarian.
A pre-inaugural morning service is traditional before the taking of the oath; previous presidents including Franklin D Roosevelt, Harry S Truman, Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, George W Bush and Barack Obama attended services on the morning of their inauguration.
The cathedral church and the parish were founded in 1840 and are named after Saint Matthew the Apostle, the patron saint of civil servants. The church is the seat or cathedral of the Archbishop of Washington. Rev. Mgr. W Ronald Jameson is the Rector of St. Matthew’s.
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