First family attends Easter Sunday services

President Obama and his family attended Easter services Sunday morning at St. John's Episcopal Church.

The Obamas walked the short distance across Lafayette Square from the White House to the church, according to poll reports. 

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During the service, the congregation, led by Rector Rev. Luis Leon, offered a prayer for "Barack, our President, the leaders of Congress, and the Supreme Court, and all who are in positions of authority."

The first family has attended services at numerous Washington-area congregations, last attending St. John's in March and Easter mass in 2009. 

Last year, the Obamas attended Easter services at Shiloh Baptist Church, which was founded in 1863 by freed slaves.


In his weekly address on Saturday, the president commemorated the Easter holiday, saying that all Americans could "identify with elements" of the story of Jesus Christ.

“Christ’s triumph over death holds special meaning for Christians. But all of us, no matter how or whether we believe, can identify with elements of His story,” Obama said. “The triumph of hope over despair. Of faith over doubt. The notion that there is something out there that is bigger than ourselves.”