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National Day of Prayer returns to DeLeon Plaza

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
April 30, 2012 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2012 at 11:30 p.m.


IF YOU GO

WHEN: Noon, ThursdayWHERE: DeLeon Plaza, at the gazebo in downtown VictoriaCOST: Free

The National Day of Prayer commences Thursday in the DeLeon Plaza, downtown near the gazebo.

Strong Families of Victoria is sponsoring the interdenominational, non-sectarian event, which begins at noon and ends about an hour later.

Chairwoman Shirley Dobson, and honorary chair, David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries, and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, Calif., are leading the event, themed "One Nation Under God," based on Psalm 33:12, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance."

Master of ceremonies Dale Zuck, and the Rev. Dimitri Cozby, of All Saints Orthodox Church, will deliver the key note address.

Five area pastors of varying denominations of Christianity, will give prayers for the U.S. government, media, education, families and the church.

National Day of Prayer is held each year on the first Thursday in May, authorized by President Harry Truman in 1952.

Those who are unable to attend are asked to observe the prayers quietly, at work or another public event where people gather together.

All are welcome and invited to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring lawns chairs.

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