Suffolk to mark Day of Prayer

Published 10:32 pm Tuesday, May 5, 2009

In 1952, the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution establishing the National Day of Prayer.

In 2009, Americans will celebrate the 58th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer. The observance invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation, and attempts to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, according to the Web site,

This year, the National Day of Prayer is encouraging people throughout the country to pray for seven centers of power – government, military, media, business, education, church and family. The theme is “Prayer … America’s Hope,” and is based upon Psalm 33:22 from the Bible, which states, “May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”

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Here in Suffolk, the Suffolk Leadership Prayer Breakfast will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. at the National Guard Armory on Godwin Boulevard on Thursday. The event will feature the Watoto Children’s Choir, a choir of Ugandan orphans who travel the world singing uplifting hymns. For more information on the prayer breakfast, call 242-6111.

Also on Thursday, the sanctuary of First Baptist Church on North Main Street will be open from noon to 1 p.m. for individuals to come in and pray.

For more information on the National Day of Prayer or tips on getting started in prayer, visit the Web site at