During Dwight D. Eisenhower’s swearing in ceremony on January 20, 1953, the Bible was opened to Psalm 127:1, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.” (NASB), and Second Chronicles 7:14, “And my people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, the I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.” (NASB).
After the swearing in was completed, instead of kissing the Bible (which was customary) President Eisenhower prayed his own, personal prayer.
After asking those gathered for the inaugural event to bow their heads, the new President prayed…
“Almighty God, as we stand here at this moment my future associates in the Executive branch of Government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng, and their fellow citizens everywhere. Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong, and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby, and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all people regardless of station, race or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who, under the concepts of our Constitution, hold to differing political faiths; so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and Thy glory. Amen.”
[To my knowledge, Dwight Eisenhower is the only president to offer prayer at an inauguration ceremony.
He had written the words on hotel stationary during the evening of January 19, 1953.]