By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Ahead of being sworn in as Pittsburgh’s next mayor, Mayor-Elect Ed Gainey was the focus of religious leaders from around the city.

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“Pittsburgh, pray, that not only is our Creator’s dream for his creation discerned and/or discovered, but also desired,” said Reverend Canon Eric McIntosh of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. “Desired by a Pittsburgh that wants compassion to be at the core of driving it to be a better city.”

They came together to hold an interfaith prayer service for Gainey who, along with religious leaders, feels faith will help bring Pittsburghers together.

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“Faith is grounded in me so to see so many people from so many different faiths come here today to pray over the city is something I think we should do more of,” Gainey said. “I think praying over our city helps us to pray in a spirit of unity, pray in the spirit of togetherness.”

The service was the first in a two-day event for Gainey’s inauguration.

He will be sworn in as Pittsburgh mayor in a virtual ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Monday.

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You can watch Gainey’s inauguration live on CBSN Pittsburgh.