The annual National Day of Prayer was observed during a ceremony in Harrogate on Thursday.
Each year, millions answer the call to prayer on the first Thursday in May. This year’s observance was the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer, with the theme as “Pray for America.”
Organized events are held in thousands of public venues where intercession is made for America and its leadership. Locally, a service recognizing the National Day of Prayer was held outside of Harrogate City Hall, beginning at noon.
The program included several area citizens praying for families, the church, government, education, youth, military, first responders, the media, business, natural resources and the nation as a whole.
The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer.
In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.