Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — who will soon switch jobs — will go to church with Biden on the morning of inauguration along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
In a sign of unity, the top lawmakers will pray together at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington before Biden’s swearing-in, according to two people familiar with the schedule. Biden will be only the second Catholic to serve as U.S. president.
President Donald Trump and his wife Melania have refused to do the traditional get-togethers with the incoming president and will not attend inauguration.
But other Republicans have stepped forward in their place. Vice President Mike Pence will be at inauguration and former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura will go to Arlington National Cemetery with the Bidens in the afternoon. — Jennifer Jacobs
Meanwhile, a traditional inaugural prayer service — which dates back to the start of the republic — will be entirely virtual this year because of concerns about the coronavirus.
Josh Groban, Patti LaBelle and the Clark Sisters are among the musical performers who will participate in the virtual prayer service at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday morning ahead of Biden’s swearing in.
Bishop William J. Barber II, who came to national prominence in part for leading “Moral Mondays” civil-rights protests in North Carolina, will deliver the homily, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced.
The interfaith service was first held at the inauguration of President George Washington. This year it will be livestreamed here, starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
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