A PIC source reports that some clips from the Lincoln Memorial event, including Bishop Robinson's prayer, will be played on the Mall prior to the swearing in ceremony. In addition, HBO's Cusson has also confirmed that the cable outlet will include Bishop Robinson's appearance and prayer in its re-broadcast of the event.
Update: I have added video of Bishop Robinsons's speech. We don't see him in the clip, but the sound is clear.
I attended the concert, but Bishop Robinson's speech was largely inaudible because of mic/speaker problems.
After the jump is the full text of Bishop Robinson's speech.
A Prayer for the Nation and Our Next President, Barack Obama
By The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire
Opening Inaugural Event
Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC
January 18, 2009
Welcome to Washington! The fun is about to begin, but first, please join me
in pausing for a moment, to ask God¹s blessing upon our nation and our next
O God of our many understandings, we pray that you willŠ
Bless us with tears for a world in which over a billion people exist on
less than a dollar a day, where young women from many lands are beaten and
raped for wanting an education, and thousands die daily from malnutrition,
malaria, and AIDS.
Bless us with anger at discrimination, at home and abroad, against
refugees and immigrants, women, people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and
Bless us with discomfort at the easy, simplistic ³answers² we¹ve preferred
to hear from our politicians, instead of the truth, about ourselves and the
world, which we need to face if we are going to rise to the challenges of
Bless us with patience and the knowledge that none of what ails us will be
³fixed² anytime soon, and the understanding that our new president is a
human being, not a messiah.
Bless us with humility open to understanding that our own needs must
always be balanced with those of the world.
Bless us with freedom from mere tolerance replacing it with a genuine
respect and warm embrace of our differences, and an understanding that in
our diversity, we are stronger.
Bless us with compassion and generosity remembering that every religion¹s
God judges us by the way we care for the most vulnerable in the human
community, whether across town or across the world.
And God, we give you thanks for your child Barack, as he assumes the office
of President of the United States.
Give him wisdom beyond his years, and inspire him with Lincoln¹s reconciling
leadership style, President Kennedy¹s ability to enlist our best efforts,
and Dr. King¹s dream of a nation for ALL the people.
Give him a quiet heart, for our Ship of State needs a steady, calm captain
in these times.
Give him stirring words, for we will need to be inspired and motivated to
make the personal and common sacrifices necessary to facing the challenges
Make him color-blind, reminding him of his own words that under his
leadership, there will be neither red nor blue states, but the United
Help him remember his own oppression as a minority, drawing on that
experience of discrimination, that he might seek to change the lives of
those who are still its victims.
Give him the strength to find family time and privacy, and help him remember
that even though he is president, a father only gets one shot at his
And please, God, keep him safe. We know we ask too much of our presidents,
and we¹re asking FAR too much of this one. We know the risk he and his wife
are taking for all of us, and we implore you, O good and great God, to keep
him safe. Hold him in the palm of your hand that he might do the work we
have called him to do, that he might find joy in this impossible calling,
and that in the end, he might lead us as a nation to a place of integrity,
prosperity and peace.