The late Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority, often participated in Washington events and now his son is following suit.
Rev. Jonathan Falwell, vice chancellor for spiritual affairs at Liberty University, gave the opening prayer before the U.S. House of Representatives this week.
"Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for our great nation," Falwell prayed. "We thank you for what you have done to make this nation a lighthouse to the world and a beacon of hope to people everywhere."
He asked the Lord to forgive America's sins and to guide our country's leaders. He concluded the prayer in Jesus name.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said he was pleased that Falwell could participate.
"We are delighted they could be with us to share in a full day of activities here at the United States' capital and to meet as many members of the House and staff members and others who work so hard here on behalf of our country," Goodlatte said.
Jonathan Fallwell has become pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church since his father's death in 2007.
Falwell's wife, Sherri, their four children and his mother attended the ceremony as well.