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Mount Vernon National Day of Prayer

Mount Vernon — Black Clergy and community leaders gathered in the Rotunda of Mount Vernon City Hall for the National Day of Prayer, Thursday afternoon. The National Day of Prayer  is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman

“As a country, we have always turned to prayer,” Mayor Richard Thomas tells BW. “When the first National Day of Prayer was held in 1952 the entire nation was called to turn to God. Over fifty years later, we still hear that call. Whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim or a different denomination, Mount Vernon residents from all walks of life turn to prayer in times of joy and sorrow.”

All pictures above courtesy of Terry Lowens

One of the many Black Clergy members who prayed was Greater Centennial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, who Mayor Thomas refers to often as his spiritual advisory and pastor. (see video below).

Other preachers who prayed and were in attendance included Rev. Troy DeCohen (pastor of Mount Vernon Heights Congregational Church), Bishop Edwers (Pastor of Friendship Worship Center), Rev. Edward Mulraine (Pastor of Unity Baptist Tabernacle), Rev. Dr. Darren M. Morton (Senior Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church)

“Mount Vernon knows what it is to experience the good and bad in life,” Mayor Thomas continues. “As a city, we have faced tough times and we have always come through. As Mayor, I pray for this city and its people every day. I am urging my colleagues in government, business leaders, and community members to join me in praying for the great city. The National Day of Prayer is an occasion for us to unite and pray for guidance, protection, and God’s continued blessings for Mount Vernon.”


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