Federal Hall, New York City, April 30, 1789
It was a watershed day in history. Thirteen years before, on July 4, 1776, thirteen small colonies banned together and declared their independence from Great Britain. One Revolution and several Constitutional Conventions later, a fully functioning Republic was born - complete with its newly elected leader, President George Washington.
After being sworn in on the steps of Federal Hall in New York City, President Washington, the Supreme Court justices and members of Congress walked to Saint Paul’s Chapel, the little miracle chapel that survived unscathed the attacks of 9/11, and while in session, dedicatory prayers were offered for the new Republic. The Divine Service was led by the Senate chaplain, the Right Reverend Samuel Provoost.
Washington A Man of Prayer, in its eighth year, is an annual re-enactment in Statuary Hall with members of Congress celebrating this inaugural day of the first president and the first act of the First Congress.
Enjoy a pictorial review of Washington A Man of Prayer 2018. Honorary Congressional Co-hosts were Senator Tim Scott and Representative Tom Suozzi. The Museum of the Bible displayed Presidential Bibles and items in Capitol Room H122. An afternoon tour of the Jefferson Library of Congress was highlighted by a specially arranged display of artifacts of the 1789 inaugural of President Washington in the Whitall Pavillon.
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