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National Day of Prayer coincides with township observance

Residents gathered at the township senior center for the annual prayer breakfast on May 2, a day proclaimed one of national prayer by President Biden.

President Joe Biden officially proclaimed May 2 the National Day of Prayer, emphasizing its role in American history and its capacity to uplift and unify the nation.

The announcement coincided with Gloucester Township’s annual prayer breakfast on the first Thursday of May at the township senior center, reflecting a nationwide observance dedicated to reinforcing spiritual bonds and fostering collective hope for the future.

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The National Day of Prayer as enshrined by Congress encourages all Americans to reflect on their blessings and seek divine guidance through prayers according to their faiths and consciences. Biden, in his proclamation, highlighted the importance of prayer not only as a source of personal solace and strength but also as a unifying force that has historically aided the country through significant moral and social challenges.

“From the abolition of slavery to the Civil Rights movement, prayer has underpinned the most significant moral undertakings in our nation’s history,” the president said.

Biden noted the influence of faith and prayer on national leaders and shared personal reflections on the role of prayer in his own life and the lives of many Americans, including military personnel, first responders and medical professionals, acknowledging the courage and commitment these individuals draw from their faith.

“We will never know the full impact of prayer on our nation or the world,” he said, “but we remain confident that it makes a profound difference each and every day.”

The president’s prayer for the nation is one of unity and perseverance, urging citizens to view one another not as adversaries but as fellow human beings. He called for a collective commitment to honesty, decency, dignity, and respect, urging the nation to leave no one behind and to give everyone a fair chance.

Meanwhile, the township gathered at its annual prayer breakfast to mark the solemn day. Local leaders and residents came together to reflect on the theme of the National Day of Prayer, recognizing its power to “strengthen our spirits, draw us together, and create hope for a better tomorrow.”

As the nation continues to face various challenges, the observance of the National Day of Prayer is a reminder of the enduring strength and hope that faith instills in individuals and communities across the country, Biden noted. He invited people of all faiths to seek continued guidance, mercy, and protection through prayer.

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