WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - New York's archbishop, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, offered the first invocation at Friday's inauguration of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Unlike the Protestants leaders who followed him, Dolan made no explicit mention of the name Jesus Christ or the Holy Trinity.
Before Trump's swearing-in ceremony at the front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., Cdl. Dolan was the first to lead an invocation and the only Catholic on the dais. He chose as his prayer a paraphrase of Chapter 9 in the Book of Wisdom from the New American Bible.
Five others followed Dolan, including Dr. Samuel Rodrigues, Paula White, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Franklin Graham and Wayne Jackson. With the exception of Paula White, who is Trump's spiritual advisor, the others have criticized some of his policies.
Dolan himself has criticized Trump's immigration policies as "nativist," seeing immigrants as "the unwashed, ignorant, bothersome brood ... as criminals and misfits who threaten 'pure America' and are toxic to everything decent in the United States."
The four other Christian representatives explicitly used the name of Jesus Christ in their prayers and verbally invoked the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God of our ancestors and Lord of mercy,
you who have made all things
And in your providence have charged us
to rule the creatures produced by you,
To govern the world in holiness and righteousness,
and to render judgment with integrity of heart:
Give us Wisdom, for we are your servants,
weak and short-lived and lacking
in comprehension of judgment and of laws.
Indeed, though one be perfect among mortals,
if Wisdom, which comes from you, be lacking,
we count for nothing.
Now with you is Wisdom, who knows your will
and was there when you made the world;
Who understands what is pleasing in your eyes
and what is conformable with your commands.
Send her forth from your holy heavens
from your glorious throne dispatch her
That she may be with us and work with us,
that we may grasp what is pleasing to you.
For she knows and understands all things,
and will guide us prudently in our affairs
and safeguard us by her glory. Amen.
Dolan noted in an interview that he was flattered to be invited and was given a minute to give his invocation.