The National Day of Prayer invites people of all faiths and backgrounds to pray for the nation.
The day was created in 1952 and signed into law by President Truman. For several years, it has been observed on the first Thursday in May.
“We decided, here in the Eastern Panhandle, that we would invite people from all walks of faith to come here and pray together, not only for this region but also for the nation,” said Elder Tonya Armstrong, Kingdom Life Cathedral Ministries.
During this year’s Day of Prayer, an important topic discussed has been the recent attacks against places of worship.
“It is heartbreaking to know that what is considered a safe place, places of worship, that people are violating that,” said Armstrong.
The same thoughts were echoed by President Trump — who spoke during a service at the White House, touching on the synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh and in Poway, California.
“We will fight with all our strength, and everything that we have in our bodies to end anti-semitism,” said Trump. “To end the attacks on Jewish people, and to conquer all forms of persecution, intolerance and hate.”
An effort that Armstrong hopes to see through by bringing the community together on this National Day of Prayer.