The second inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday closed with a prayer from Rev. Luis Leon.

Leon, an Episcopal priest who ministers at St. John's Church near the White House, replaced Pastor Louie Giglio, of the Georgia-based Passion City Church, who withdrew after reports surfaced that in the mid-1990s he advocated for therapies which claim to “cure” gay people's sexual orientation and called on Christians to prevent the “homosexual lifestyle” from becoming accepted in society.

Leon, on the other hand, advocated for passage of the District of Columbia's gay marriage law. It was no surprise, then, that his benediction was inclusive.

“We pray that you will bless us with your continued presence, because without it, hatred and arrogance will infect our hearts. But with your blessing we know that we can break down the walls that separate us.”

”We pray for your blessing today, because without it, mistrust, prejudice and rancor will rule our hearts. But with the blessing of your presence, we know that we can renew the ties of mutual regard which can best form our civic life.”

“We pray for your blessing, because without it, suspicion, despair, and fear of those different from us will be our rule of life. But with your blessing we can see each other created in your image. ...”

“We pray for your blessing, because without it, we will see only what the eye can see. But with your blessing, we will see that we are created in your image, whether brown, black or white; male or female; first-generation immigrant American or Daughter of the American Revolution; gay or straight, rich or poor.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Obama calls gay marriage part of America's journey in inauguration speech.)