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Washington National Cathedral dedicates Bible for newly formed U.S. Space Force

By Katherine Shaver
Jan. 12, 2020 at 4:46 p.m. EST

Religious leaders blessed a King James Bible at Washington National Cathedral on Sunday to be used by the newly formed United States Space Force, including for swearing-in ceremonies, a cathedral spokeswoman said.

During the three-minute ceremony, the Right Rev. Carl Wright, the Episcopal Church’s bishop suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries, said in part: “May this Bible guard and guide all those who purpose that the final frontier be a place where God will triumph over evil, where love will triumph over hate, and where life will triumph over death.”

The ceremony also was overseen by the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, and Maj. Gen. Steven A. Schaick, chief of chaplains for the U.S. Air Force.

The Space Force, the sixth branch of the U.S. military, was created in December as part of a defense bill signed by President Trump. The force is designed to defend American interests in space, such as satellites used for GPS, communications and missile defense.

The Bible was donated by the Museum of the Bible in Washington.
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Katherine Shaver
Katherine Shaver is a transportation and development reporter focusing on urban/suburban planning issues and construction of Maryland's light-rail Purple Line. Since joining The Washington Post in 1997, she also has covered crime, courts, education and local government. Follow https://twitter.com/shaverk

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