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National Day of Prayer May 3

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DIANA BUCKLEY

Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE - Ellis County Commissioners declared the county's participation in the National Day of Prayer, set for Thursday, May 3, voting unanimously for a proclamation encouraging all citizens to attend a prayer service at 12:10 p.m. on the west side of the Courthouse square.

'Next year we will be able to use the backdrop of the Courthouse,' said County Judge Al Cornelius. 'All the scaffolding will be down.'

According to the proclamation, the Continental Congress first instituted the National Day of Prayer in the year 1755.

'In 1988, legislation was unanimously ratified by both Houses of Congress and signed by President Ronald Reagan stating that the national Day of Prayer was to be observed on the first Thursday of every May,' the declaration stated.

'It is fitting and proper to give thanks to the Lord by observing this day when all may acknowledge our blessings and express our gratitude for them while recognizing the need for strengthening religious and moral values in our County and Nation.'

Area churches are also planning special observances for the day.

'Our chapel will be open for prayer all day beginning at 6 a.m. and concluding with a Service of Evening Prayer at 6 p.m.,' stated First United Methodist Church of Waxahachie. 'Prayer guides will be available on the Day of Prayer. Everyone is invited to come and pray.'

This year's theme is 'One Nation Under God.' Evangelist Billy Graham has written a special prayer and all participants are encouraged to lift it up in concert at 12:10 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

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