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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Virginia General Assembly kicks off with prayer breakfast

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

Festivities surrounding the first day of the Virginia General Assembly's annual session kicked off Wednesday morning with a prayer breakfast attended by more than 1,000 people at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

The group was led in prayer by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) and Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) and heard a sermon via Skype from Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of Rev. Billy Graham, who was snowed-in in North Carolina.

They prayed for members of the military, judges, the state's executive branch and members of the legislature, whom McDonnell noted will convene at noon for the 393rd meeting of a Democratic assembly in Virginia since the founding of Jamestown.

"I think this is the greatest day in the Commonwealth," McDonnell told the crowd. "This first day of the session, we're gathered together in the morning in prayer, united around the core principals of our faith...I hope this spirit of camaraderie will indeed last 45 days."

Cuccinelli led the group in a brief prayer that included words in honor of the victims of Saturday's shooting in Arizona, which left a federal judge and five others dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) among 14 wounded.

"This last weekend, we were reminded that we live in a land in need of God's healing," Cuccinelli said. "Grant those killed this past weekend all of your graces....Please, grant us peace in our land."

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 12, 2011; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Bill Bolling, Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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"Grant those killed this past weekend all of your graces."

That makes absolutely no sense.

Posted by: bdunn1 | January 12, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Prayer? It'll take more than that for those clowns to get their act together. The last refuge. Keep government free of magical thinking.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 12, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

At least Kookie wasn't in court today. Can't ask for insane stuff if you aren't there.

Glad they aren't starting until noon. Reminds me of the Old Testament story about the unjust king that asked what he could do to be a better king. "Sleep until noon. Then, you will be able to be only half as unjust."

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | January 12, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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