Day of Prayer" always occurs, by statute, on the first Thursday in
May each year. Its date this year is Thursday, May 4, 2017. The
2017 theme for our "National Day of Prayer" is “For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us... Forgive Us...Heal Us!” based on Daniel 9:19. The following is an appropriate proclamation for
Thursday, May 4, 2017. Amend and/or adapt this however you desire, expressing
your sentiments and reflecting current concerns.
Mayors, Please be sure to release a copy of your proclamation to the local newspapers and/or provide copies to your local clergy. Thank you.
Citizens, as this form has been used by many mayors, your mayor should not hesitate to use it. Be sure to read it at your local National Day of Prayer meetings. Please be sure to include prayer for your mayor and other local officials at your meetings.
Feel free to copy and use the following
Office of the Mayor
WHEREAS, Civic prayers and national days of prayer have a long and venerable history in our constitutional republic, dating back to the First Continental Congress in 1775; and
WHEREAS, The Declaration of Independence, our first statement as Americans of national purpose and identity, made "the Laws of Nature and Nature's God" the foundation of our United States of America and asserted that people have inalienable rights that are God-given; and
WHEREAS, The Supreme Court has affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer and the Supreme Court and the U.S. Congress themselves begin each day with prayer; and
WHEREAS, In 1988, legislation setting aside the first Thursday in May in each year as a National Day of Prayer was passed unanimously by both Houses of Congress and signed by President Ronald Reagan; and
WHEREAS, The National Day of Prayer is an opportunity for Americans of all faiths to join in united prayer to acknowledge our dependence on God, to give thanks for blessings received, to request healing for wounds endured, and to ask God to guide our leaders and bring wholeness to the United States and her citizens; and
WHEREAS, It is fitting and proper to give thanks to God by observing a day of prayer in (Your municipality) when all may acknowledge our blessings and express gratitude for them, while recognizing the need for strengthening religious and moral values in our State and nation;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, (Mayor's name), mayor of the town of (your town), do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 4, 2017, to be designated as
"A DAY of PRAYER in (YOUR TOWN)"
and encourage the citizens of (your municipality) to observe the day in ways
appropriate to its importance and significance. Proclaimed this May 4, 2017
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