Governor Larry Hogan Holds National Day of Prayer Breakfast
“Celebrating Peace and Unity in the Community” Theme of the Day
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Governor Larry Hogan today celebrated the National Day of Prayer with a prayer breakfast at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. More than 150 faith leaders from throughout the state joined him in praying for Marylanders, the state, and the country.
“Prayer is very personal, and perhaps different for each one of us. Through prayer we have the opportunity to give thanks, we can acknowledge our fears and our worries, and turn to a higher power for guidance and wisdom,” said Governor Hogan. “There are many things in life that seek to drive us apart and divide us, but today presents a special opportunity for each of us to set those things aside – and to come together in a spirit of praise and thanksgiving.”
Rev. Dr. Carletta Allen, pastor at Ashbury United Methodist Church in Annapolis, delivered the keynote address, and State Senator and Bishop C. Anthony Muse from Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro blessed the breakfast. Archbishop William E. Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore; Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, director of Social Justice and Inter-group Relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington; and other religious leaders were also in attendance.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, when all faiths come together to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress that was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.