The 61st annual observance of the National Day of Prayer will take place Thursday, May 3. Participants will begin assembling at Post Office Square in Belfast at 11:45 a.m. for a time of prayer for the nation and its leaders. The event will begin at noon and conclude promptly at 1 p.m. In event of rain, the observance will take place at Little River Church, Route 1, Belfast. All are welcome to participate. The theme for this year is, “One nation under God” and is based on the verse from Psalm 33:12.

The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952 Congress established an annual observance inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation, which was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. 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 589-4557 or hermie@fairpoint.net.