The 60th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer will take place Thursday, May 5, at Post Office Square.

Local participants will begin assembling at 11:45 a.m. for a time of prayer for the nation and its leaders. The event, which begins at 12 p.m., concludes at 1 p.m. All are welcome to participate.

The theme — “A Mighty Fortress is our God” — is based on the verse from Psalm 91:2 which states: “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States. In 1775, the Continental Congress issued a proclamation setting aside a day of prayer.

In 1952, Congress established an annual observance, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. President Harry S. Truman signed it into law. In 1988, Ronald Reagan signed into law the designation of the first Thursday in May as the annual observance for the National Day of Prayer.

For more information, contact Donna Miller, Waldo County coordinator at 207.589.4557 or hermie@fairpoint.net.