Mason County will celebrate National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 6. The event, which was recently approved by the Mason County Commission, will take place at noon on the courthouse steps.
Several area pastors and laypersons are set to speak at the area’s National Day of Prayer celebration. Randy Parsons will emcee the event, while Rev. Brian May will speak on prayer. Rick Towe, Lisa Searls and Denise Bonecutter also are scheduled to sing.
This year marks the 59th observance of the National Day of Prayer. National Day of Prayer predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.
According to a news release, the National Day of Prayer is part of America’s heritage and belongs to all Americans. It provides an opportunity for citizens to pray voluntarily, according to their own faith — and it does not promote any particular religion or form of religious observance.