Virginia Day of Prayer 2016


WHEREAS, prayer plays a powerful role in the lives of people of all cultures, religions, and backgrounds and serves as a source of moral and spiritual guidance for millions throughout the Commonwealth and nation; and

WHEREAS, National Day of Prayer was first observed by members of the Continental Congress in 1775, and President Truman signed a joint resolution declaring an annual National Day of Prayer in 1952; and

WHEREAS, the 100th United States Congress passed a resolution on May 5, 1988, proclaiming the observance of the National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday of May each year thereafter; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Day of Prayer is recognized by Virginians and Americans of all religious faiths, and those who participate will join in prayer to reaffirm our course as a democratic nation with the promise of liberty and justice for all;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 5, 2016, as VIRGINIA DAY OF PRAYER in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.