Yes, he prayed in Jesus' name. But I don't think I've ever seen that long of a preface to praying in Jesus' name.
Not familiar with Joel Hunter? Francis FitzGerald had a recent profile in The New Yorker that's worth reading.
A transcript of the benediction after the jump, along with a few words from Hunter's blog about why he accepted the invitation to give the benediction even though he's a Republican.
We are all here to devote ourselves to the improvement of this country we love. In one of the best traditions of our country, would those of you who are people of faith join me in asking for God's help?Almighty God, let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us a reverence for all life. Give us a compassion for the most vulnerable among us. The babies. The children. The poor. The sick. The enslaved. The persecuted. For all of those who have been left out of the advantaged world.Give us a zeal to clean the environment we have polluted while we create ...1