Trump inauguration sets record for prayers

Jan 20, 2017 From wire reports

WASHINGTON (TNS) -- President-elect Donald Trump set a record with the number of prayers during his inaugural ceremonies Friday.

Trump, who started the day at St. John's Church for a service at 8:30 a.m., had six religious prayers as part of the ceremony, three invocations and three benedictions.

That's a record, according to Jim Bendat, the author of "Democracy's Big Day," who was speaking on CNN Friday morning.

The first invocation took place at 11:21 a.m. and the final benediction was at 12:14 p.m.

Trump was sworn in using both his own Bible, given to him by his mother, and the Bible used to swear in President Abraham Lincoln.

The National Prayer Service will be held on Saturday and features 26 religious leaders. Most come from denominations of the Christian faith, but other faiths featured include Islam, Judaism and the Navajo Nation.

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