Batavia, Ohio – On April 29, the Board of Clermont County Commissioners proclaimed May 2, 2013 as ‘A Day of Prayer’ in Clermont County. The National Day of Prayer calls on all people of different faiths in the United States to pray for the nation and its leaders, it is an annual observance held the first Thursday of May each year. Commissioner David Uible stated, “This Proclamation displays our view concerning the importance of quality of life in Clermont County.” Uible added, “This County is home to people who seek inspiration, strength and guidance from God and the Commissioners encourage citizens to celebrate their faith through prayer and reflection of the many blessings we have in our community.”
The National Day of Prayer is considered by many as a vital part of our national heritage and American tradition. In 1775, numerous U.S. founding fathers and the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a new nation and since that first call to prayer the tradition has continued through U.S. history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Every President since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.
In Clermont County, the following events are planned for National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 2, 2013:
“Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1808