Bible Marathon at US Capitol


WASHINGTON (AP) – On the west steps of the U.S. Capitol this week, the entire Bible is being read aloud, non-stop, from Genesis to Revelation.

The 26th annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon began Sunday evening and will continue around the clock until noon on Thursday, the National Day of Prayer.

The event’s director, the Rev. Michael Hall, says it takes about 90 hours to read through the Bible aloud. Volunteer readers step up to the podium and take turns, sometimes under umbrellas in pouring rain.

The readers have no microphone or speakers to amplify their message, so tourists often give the readers a curious look and pass by. But Hall says foreign visitors sometimes express surprise that Americans can read the Scriptures aloud at their seat of government.

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