At noon today, he smiled broadly, again and again, as a throng of senior cit­i­zens pressed for­ward, angling to pose for a photo with him.

In the after­noon, he clapped his hands, keeping time with a rousing church choir. He bowed his head as dozens of local clergy mem­bers — Catholic and Protes­tant, Muslim, Jewish and Sikh — placed their hands on him and prayed for Martin J. Walsh and the city he is set to lead.

The day before his may­oral inau­gu­ra­tion, Walsh attended a noon brunch for hun­dreds of Boston seniors in a cav­ernous room at a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity ath­letic center before heading to an after­noon inter­faith prayer ser­vice in the his­toric Old South Church.

At times joyful and joking, other times, rev­erent and reflec­tive, Walsh spent his last day as mayor-​​elect expressing appre­ci­a­tion in many ways.

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