Press Room

Washington, DC, November 7, 2012

Statement on the Results of the 2012 Election

National Cathedral Calls for Prayers, Unity After Divisive Contests

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Washington, D.C.—The Very Rev Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, today made the following statement on the 2012 elections:

We at Washington National Cathedral give thanks today for all those across the U.S. who exercised their right to vote as of November 6. This year’s election has proven to be as divisive as any in recent history, which is all the more reason that we must move through the challenge of political sides and come together as Americans. On behalf of all those who have won or lost, as well as the voters who feel they’ve won or lost, we extend prayers that God’s purpose might shine forth with new clarity in our lives.

Called to serve as the spiritual home for the nation, Washington National Cathedral stands open to people of every perspective and every belief. We pray with and for the nation at times of both celebration and mourning, signifying that—beyond our differences—we claim a common love for the country that we share.

We pray for President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney and their families. We look forward to continuing our work with the office of the president, which this Cathedral has long been privileged to respect and whose guidance to the nation this Cathedral has been honored to witness many times. May God fill all those who will work in our federal and local governments over the next four years with the wisdom and courage that this Cathedral has seen displayed within its walls, upholding the rights of every citizen and the dignity of every human being.

SOURCE: Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral