Today we shared facts about the Presidential Inauguration, which gets started tomorrow and continues through Saturday. The actual swearing-in ceremony for President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence begins around 11:30 on Friday.
This will be the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Since 1937, the ceremony has always been on January 20th unless that date falls on a Sunday. In that case, it happens on the 21st.
The swearing-in ceremony has been held at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building since 1981. With one exception…in 1985, President Ronald Reagan’s 2nd swearing-in was indoors at the Capitol Rotunda because it was only 7 degrees outside!
On January 20, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson made history when his wife, Lady Bird, held the Bible for his swearing-in ceremony. He also concluded his address with 2 Chronicles 1:10: “Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?”
President-Elect Trump will take the oath of office placing his hands on the Bible that Abraham Lincoln used at his inauguration, along with a Bible his mother gave him when he graduated Sunday School in 1955 at First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, NY.
The weekend finishes with a National Prayer Service Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral.
Congratulations to Olivia from Mount Vernon who won our Winter Jam trivia – how many #1 singles has Newsong had? The answer was 17. She wins two passes to Winter Jam 2017.
Our Word of the Day is katzenjammer, a noun derived from a German word that can mean distress, anguish, an uproar, or a hangover. The literal meaning is ‘wailing of cats.’
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