National Day of Prayer set for May 5

LIHUE — The public is invited to participate in the annual National Day of Prayer celebration, Thursday, May 5, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the County of Kauai Moikeha Building Rotunda.

This events is sponsored by the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai.

The program will feature musical performances by the Sacred Earth Choir, as well as prayer offerings from representatives of a diversity of religions and spiritual traditions. Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. and JoAnn Yukimura, Office of the County Council, are expected to attend.

The Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai includes representatives of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Bahai, Brahma Kumaris, Eckankar, Happy Science, Center for Spiritual Living, Fellowship of the Inner Light, Christian Mysticism, New Thought/Unity, Yoga, among others, and welcomes all religions, spiritual paths and spiritual education organizations.

The National Day of Prayer has deep historical roots in this country, having been declared in 1775 by the Continental Congress in forming a new nation. It was later recognized by first President George Washington in 1789.

In 1952, the Congress passed a bill proclaiming National Day of Prayer, and on May 5, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law official recognition of the first Thursday in May annually as the National Day of Prayer.

Immediately following the Interfaith Roundtable ceremony, a second service celebrating the National Day of Prayer, sponsored by the Kauai Island Ministries, will begin at 11:30 a.m. and run to 12:30 p.m. at the same location.

Info: 634-9992 or interfaithroundtableofkauai@yahoo.com.

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