by Joe Crocetta / staff photographer
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ANNAPOLIS - They admitted to being a little nervous, but speaking before large audiences is nothing new for the Rev. Anne O. Weatherholt and the Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt Jr.
On Monday evening the Weatherholts, rectors at two Washington County Episcopal churches, were the centerpieces of a legislative rarity. The "clergy couple" offered the prayers that opened the sessions in the General Assembly's two houses. She was in the Senate. He was in the House of Delegates.
"It's really exciting," said Anne Weatherholt, 44, rector at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Lappans.
"It is a thrill and an honor," said Allan Weatherholt, 48, rector at St. Thomas' Episcopal Parish in Hancock.
An official with the state archives said it is impossible to determine whether a husband-and-wife team ever offered the prayer in the two houses on the same day.