President to hold inaugural prayer service at National Cathedral

Rachel Rose Hartman

The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced on Tuesday that a national prayer service held in connection with the president's inauguration will take place at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The interfaith service—which will include "prayers, readings, blessings and hymns delivered by religious leaders from across the United States," according to the committee—will include participation from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. It's scheduled for Jan. 22, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude the inaugural activities.

"The beginning of President Obama's second term will be marked by the acknowledgment and celebration of the role of people of faith in American life," committee spokeswoman Addie Whisenant said in a statement. "President Obama's own faith has played an integral role in his life, his commitment to service and his presidency, and this important tradition will celebrate the values and diversity that make us strong."

The National Cathedral was chosen in 2009 for Obama's first inaugural prayer service—a tradition dating to President George Washington.