Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams on Friday led the prayer during the Inauguration Day Prayer Service ahead of the inauguration ceremony for the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
Archbishop Duncan-Williams gave the Opening Prayer at the service in the presence of President Donald Trump, Vice President Michael Pence, their families, close friends and colleagues at the St. John’s church in Washington DC.
The pair were sworn in afterwards on the steps of the Capitol by the Chief Justice of the United States of America.
The service is known to be a tradition for incoming presidents on the morning of a presidential inauguration, dating back to 1933 when Franklin Delano Roosevelt attended a service with his wife, Eleanor.
The Archbishop in a tweet said he was “honoured to have led the new US administration in a prayer session ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration.”
Trump’s Vice President, Mike Pence, tweeted a photo of the Archbishop leading prayer.
The tweet had the caption, “We begin this historic and humbling day as we do every day, with a moment of reflection and prayer. #InaugurationDay.”
In opening the service, Archbishop Duncan-Williams, the General Overseer of Action Chapel International headquartered in Ghana, noted the sovereignty of God stating: “you rule in the affairs of men and give the Kingdom to whomsoever you will…We pray that you will give [President Trump, Vice President Pence, their families and the Cabinet] divine fortitude and wisdom above that of Solomon and command divine escapes from unexpected and unforeseen crisis and challenges.”
Archbishop Duncan-Williams, was joined on the program by globally respected US clergy leaders including Senior Pastor Jentezen Franklin; Pastor Mark Burns; Jerry Falwell, Jr; Rev. James Robison; Dr. James Dobson; Rev. Dr. Luis Leon; among others.