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From Faithandaction.org:

Thousands of people from across the United States and even around the world have used the Internet to join in the prayers and anointing service held on January 7, by Reverends Rob Schenck and Patrick J. Mahoney at the site of the impending Inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States.

The service, conducted by the two ministers along with Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia, was held at the interior threshold of the door Obama will pass through on his way out of the Capitol and onto the Inaugural stage where he will swear the Oath of Office on January 20. The group read scripture, offered prayers and used oil to anoint the doorposts of the arched walkway.

“This site will be a literal rite of passage for the new president,” said Rob Schenck, president of Faith and Action, a Christian mission to elected and appointed officials on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

“The Bible commands us to pray for kings and all who are in authority. It should be our natural inclination to do so, and it can only do the new president and the country good to pray for him. I don’t care what your political sensibilities are, we all need prayer and we all need to pray.”

Schenck and Mahoney had initially been told by US Capitol police they could not conduct the service in the highly secure zone just a few feet from the balcony where the Chief Justice will administer the oath to Mr. Obama. When Congressman Broun signed onto the program, though, the police relented and allowed the group complete access.

“Congressman Broun is the boldest, most uncompromising Christian witness I’ve known in the Congress,” said Schenck. “He’s a humble and very courageous man.”

“This site will be a literal rite of passage for the new president,” said Rob Schenck, president of Faith and Action, a Christian mission to elected and appointed officials on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

“The Bible commands us to pray for kings and all who are in authority. It should be our natural inclination to do so, and it can only do the new president and the country good to pray for him. I don’t care what your political sensibilities are, we all need prayer and we all need to pray.”

Schenck and Mahoney had initially been told by US Capitol police they could not conduct the service in the highly secure zone just a few feet from the balcony where the Chief Justice will administer the oath to Mr. Obama. When Congressman Broun signed onto the program, though, the police relented and allowed the group complete access.

“Congressman Broun is the boldest, most uncompromising Christian witness I’ve known in the Congress,” said Schenck. “He’s a humble and very courageous man.”

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