The nation will observe the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer this Thursday (May 2).
The theme for this year’s observance is “Pray for America.” The chosen scripture of the year, meant to highlight the day’s theme is Matthew 12:21, which reads, “In His name the nations will put their hope.”
President Barack Obama on Wednesday, following in the steps of each United States President since Congress amended a public law to designate the first Thursday in May as a “National Day of Prayer,” issued a proclamation urging Americans to take part. Obama asked citizens to remember the victims and families of tragedies in Boston, Newtown, Connecticut and West, Texas, emergency responders and the men and women in the military, and for peace and goodwill “as we work to meet the great challenges of our time.”
Many communities around the country will hold a midday prayer vigil. Locally, a special event organized by the Venango County Ministerium, which will include music and prayer, will take place at 7:00 PM at the Cranberry Mall. Organizers invite the public to a time of open prayer from noon until 6:00 PM at the empty storefront on the east side of the mall.