President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, attended a Christmas Eve service at the church in which they were married and received a special surprise from congregants when they showed up.
The couple were greeted with a standing ovation. Trump shook hands with attendees who cheered when he arrived at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, at around 10:30 p.m.
The couple reportedly spent two hours at the church, which is just a few minutes from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
Rev. James Harlan spoke to the congregation and encouraged them to let the little things go, the New York Post reported.
The Trumps also took communion and left the church at 12:30 a.m., when they returned to the resort.
The visit wasn’t a total surprise. The Journal-Constitution reported that one hint that the Trumps might show up was the use of metal detectors on congregation members. However, out of respect, church officials declined to say if the Trumps were expected to attend the service.
Take a look at the reaction Trump received:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Trump family has visited the church often in the past few decades. Trump married Melania there in 2005, and the couple’s son, Barron, was christened there.
Bethesda-by-the-Sea is the oldest Protestant church in South Florida and reportedly opened its doors more than 125 years ago.
An ovation isn’t exactly a common sight to see at church, but it is one that demonstrated how many Christians feel about Trump: relieved to have a leader who isn’t afraid to show his faith.
We are more than ready to see Trump inaugurated so he can get on with the business of repairing the damage of the past eight years.
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