Marion, Virginia

National Day of Prayer

The Marion, Virginia community will again join together to commemorate the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2 at 8:00am in front of Marion Town Hall, located at 138 West Main Street.

All are invited to join us in the National Day of Prayer at the Flag Pole in front of Town Hall!

"Love one another. Just as I have loved you." John 13:34


The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.

It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

• 1775 – The first Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer

• 1863 – Abraham Lincoln called for such a day.

• 1952 – Congress established NDP as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman (82-324)

• 1988 – The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, designating the NDP as the first Thursday in May (100-307).

• There have been 146 national calls to prayer, humiliation, fasting and thanksgiving by the President of the United States (1789 – 2017).

• There have been 69 Presidential Proclamations for a National Day of Prayer (1952 – 2017). Gerald R. Ford (1976), George H. Bush (1989 – 91), Barack H. Obama (2012), and Donald J. Trump (2017) are the only U.S. Presidents to sign multiple National Day of Prayer Proclamations in the same year.

• Every President since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

• 35 of the 45 U.S. Presidents have signed proclamations for National Prayer. Three of the Presidents who did not sign a proclamation died while serving in office. Two Presidents, not included in the count—William Howard Taft and Warren Gamaliel Harding, signed proclamations for Thanksgiving and Prayer.

• Records indicate there have been 1,526 state and federal calls for national prayer since 1775 and counting.

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Town Hall 138 W Main St, Marion, VA 24354