First Lady Melania Trump wept as 20-year-old Marlana VanHoose sang the hymn “How Great Thou Art” throughout the Inaugural Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital on Saturday morning.

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Hundreds of worshippers joined President Donald Trump the First Lady; Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen; a lot of of the Cabinet; and also Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy for an ecumenical prayer, featuring a vast range of faiths.

The company, which has actually end up being part of the inaugural heritage over the previous numerous decades, sounded a message of nationwide unity, echoing a layout that featured in several of Friday’s inaugural addresses also. On Saturday morning, with political leaders seated in the pews as plain congregants, and also religious leaders and also layhuman being leading them in prayer, without the pomp and ceremony of the day prior to, tbelow was a sense of humility mutual by all in the chapel, as well as a palpable sense of joy.

Tbelow were many highlights from the deeply moving service. VanHoose, but, offered the service’s the majority of poignant minute.

VanHoose — who is blind, and also has mild cerebral palsy — perdeveloped the renowned hymn, whose words include: “I see the stars/I hear the rolling thunder/Thy power throughout/The world shown.”

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The First Lady, seated in the front row, appeared to wipe amethod tears a number of times, and also rose to her feet to lead a standing ovation as soon as VanHoose had actually finimelted.

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Rabbis, imams, and representatives of a selection of Christian denominations, and also numerous various other faiths, readily available songs and also readings. The Jewish text, for instance, was 1 Kings 3: 5-12, on King Solomon’s prayer for wisdom — and also God’s answer.

This reporter was quoted by Voice of America:

“I felt in many ways this was the heart of the inauguration,” Pollak shelp. “It was the nation coming together in humility, praying together and asking God for aid.”

Political divisions among Americans are component of life, and also possibly they will certainly be felt even more vigorously in the coming months, Pollak added, “but hopetotally those that were current and also those who watched throughout the country will remember how joyful it was to be together, bereason it’s moments like these that will certainly guide us through the challenging times.”

UPDATE: President Trump’s eldest child, Donald Trump, Jr., tweeted a video clip of VanHoose’s performance through the comment: “One of the a lot of remarkable and also moving performances I’ve checked out from yesterday’s #NationalPrayerService.”

One of the a lot of incredible and relocating performances I've checked out from yesterday's #NationalPrayerService via youtube

— Donald Trump Jr. (
DonaldJTrumpJr) January 22, 2017

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at News. He was called among the “the majority of influential” people in news media in 2016. His brand-new book, How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is easily accessible from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at

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