By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - The Annual National Day of Prayer ceremony will be held at the Williamson Fieldhouse on Thursday from noon to 12:30 p.m.
“This will be the 18th consecutive year for such an observance set aside as a time to pray for our region, nation and world,” said Mitchell Bias, NDP coordinator for Mingo County.
“In the past, the event has been held in the Mingo County Courthouse courtroom; however, due to the court schedule for this year, the event has been moved to the Williamson Fieldhouse,” Bias said.
Prayer has played a major role in the long history of America. In 1775, the first “Day of Prayer” was declared when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation
Throughout history the nation has been called to prayer for the purpose of repentance and petitioning God for his mercy and spiritual awakening. In March of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln called for, and signed a Congressional resolution for a national day of humility and prayer before God.
On April 17, 1952, a bill signed by both houses of Congress proclaimed a National Day of Prayer to be convened each year. And then, in 1988, a bill was signed designating The National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.