First Couple Spend Morning of St Patrick’s Day in Worship

March 17, 2019 Updated: March 17, 2019

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump spent St. Patrick’s Day morning worshipping at the “Church of the Presidents” near the White House on March 17.

The first lady turned heads when she stepped out in a snow-white coat.

President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump
President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, and Reverend Bruce McPherson, waves to media as he arrives to attend service at Saint John’s Church in Washington, on March 17, 2019 (Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)
First lady Melania Trump arrives
First lady Melania Trump arrives to attend services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington on March 17, 2019. (Eric Lesser-Pool/Getty Images)

The president and the first lady joined parishioners for Sunday’s 11 a.m. service at St. John’s Church, a historic yellow church across from the White House and Lafayette Park.

Every president since James Madison, who served in the 1800s, has attended a service at St. John’s, according to the church.

The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson greeted the Trumps after the short drive from the White House.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (2nd L) are welcome by interim rector Bruce McPherson (L) as they arrive at St. Johns Episcopal church in Washington, on March 17, 2019. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald J. Trump (R) and first lady Melania Trump
President Donald J. Trump (R) and first lady Melania Trump (C) are greeted by Reverend W. Bruce McPherson (L) as they arrive to attend services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, on March 17, 2019. (Eric Lesser-Pool/Getty Images)

The Trumps returned to the White House after the hour-long service.

The Trumps last attended religious services in December at Washington National Cathedral. Trump had skipped spending the holiday at his Florida estate and stayed in Washington during the government shutdown.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump leave St. Johns Episcopal church in Washington, on March 17, 2019. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (L) with interim rector Bruce McPherson (R) as they leave St. Johns Episcopal church in Washington, on March 17, 2019. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

By Darlene Superville

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