Louisiana bishop delivers opening prayer in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Reverend T.F. Tenney, bishop emeritus of the Louisiana District of the United Pentecostal Church, has prayed all around the world. But on Tuesday, he had a much different experience.

“It’s a unique opportunity," said Tenney.

Tenney was invited to say the opening prayer inside the U.S. Senate chambers.

“You’re not at a church service. You’re not in a religious convention," explained Tenney.

But Tenney's message was clear.

“I was focusing on their responsibilities to the nation, to the people they represent, and of course, to their God," he said.

“Obviously, for people in Louisiana, there is a certain sort of pride we feel as we see one of our own," said Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who thanked Tenney for making the trip to Washington and for his blessing. “[It was a] very gracious prayer – not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of the millions watching around the world.”

Tuesday also happens to be Tenney’s 83rd birthday.

“At my age, I’m glad to be anywhere," he said. "But to be here on my birthday was a very special honor.”

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