Thursday, May 11, 2005

Community celebrates Day of Prayer

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

About 60 people joined in prayer on the courthouse square in Holly Springs Thursday to celebrate the National Day of Prayer. At least eight ministers were in attendance.

After a general gathering the members broke out into separate prayer groups to pray for media, government, education, church and family.

National Day of Prayer was called for by the First Continental Congress in 1775 to pray for the forming of a new nation.

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln called for National Day of Prayer and in 1952 the U.S. Congress enacted National Prayer Day. The act was signed by Harry Truman and celebrated on the first Thursday in May.

Internet sites were replete with reports of prayer celebrations throughout the country Thursday.

The National Day of Prayer is celebrated in local communities who choose to do so and belongs to all Americans. It is not sponsored or owned by any group and can be observed by all Americans of all religious preferences. An American president has issued a proclamation in support of National Day of Prayer every year since 1988.


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