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Vermont’s National Day of Prayer Thursday Celebrated Unity and Faith 

by Pastor Leo Benjamin, MyFaithNews

On the first Thursday of May, the United States marks the National Day of Prayer, a tradition inviting people of all denominational backgrounds to pray for the nation. Established in 1952 by Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, this day highlights the vital role of prayer in American life. It honors the religious freedom enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

In Vermont, this particular day unites communities in a powerful display of faith and unity. This year, the Vermont Statehouse lawn was bustling with people from across the state, including some from as far as Newport, coming together to pray and worship. The event was organized by Ray and Cathy Williams, state coordinators for the National Day of Prayer and leaders of the Vermont Prayer Force.

Ray described the day’s events: “Cathy and I organize this yearly. It was particularly inspiring this time, with a remarkable session of worship led by a young, talented musician named Jessica Letourneau, who is only 21 years old. We also had four speakers who guided us in prayer, focusing on different themes and taking time to pray for our state leaders and the overall well-being of Vermont.”

The day was filled with meaningful proclamations and reaffirmations of faith. “We revisited and reasserted several declarations and decrees that prophetic leaders have made over Vermont in the past,” Ray said. “It was a day to renew those commitments, offering blessings for our governor and promoting positive visions for our legislators.” The atmosphere was hopeful, reflecting a communal desire to impact positively.

Beyond the gathering in Montpelier, there were more than 20 other events across Vermont as part of the National Day of Prayer. This non-denominational Christian group of believers focuses on supporting each other through prayer. “We’re excited to be part of this larger community, coming together to support our state and nation through prayer,” added Ray enthusiastically.

The National Day of Prayer is more than just individual prayers; it’s about the collective impact of these prayers. It showcases the rich diversity of American religious life and serves as a reminder of the unity shared faith and community action can bring about. For Vermont, it was a day of spiritual renewal and a demonstration of its people’s enduring spirit and commitment to their faith and community.

The author is pastor of the Church of the Crucified One in Moretown and publisher of MyFaithNews.