On This Day January 20, 1957: Eisenhower’s Inauguration Blessed by Archbishop Michael


The forty third inaugural ceremonies of the President of the United States was held on January 20, 1957 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower was sworn in. Richard Nixon, his Vice President is seen at right. Archbishop Michael, head of the Greek Orthodox Church in North and South America offered the opening prayer at the ceremony. He greeted the President with the following prayer:

“May the Almighty and Everlasting God, our common Heavenly Father whom we know and love through our common Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ bestow upon you and Mrs. Eisenhower and all your family the best of health and all His blessing so that you, Mr. President, carry on the most effective way your high and responsible duties to the benefit of our dearly beloved America and the freedom loving peoples and nations of the world.”



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