WASHINGTON (RNS) — Twenty years ago, men gathered as “Promise Keepers” and filled the National Mall for a prayer rally seeking repentance and spiritual revival.

On Monday (Oct. 9), it was the women’s turn.

A largely female audience of thousands gathered on the lawn in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol for the “Rise Up” prayer rally. Braving wind and rain, these Christian women —many charismatic or Pentecostal — declared their unity and sought God’s guidance to lead the nation.

RNS graphic by Chris Mathews

At turns on their knees, huddled in small groups and facing a stage with hands

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