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Prayer gatherings to be held across the nation to mark National Day of Prayer

Prayer gatherings to be held across the nation to mark National Day of Prayer
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Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 11:42am

Organized prayer gatherings are set to be held in the nation's capital and across the country for the 60th annual National Day of Prayer.

Events in Washington will include musical performances and a key note address by Joni Eareckson Tada, an author and advocate for the disabled. Christian recording artist and 3-time Dove Award winner Ginny Owens will perform.

The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America. The Continental Congress issued a proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. Congress established an annual day of prayer in 1952. It's been observed on the first Thursday in May for more than a decade.
 

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