National Day of Prayer to be Observed on Thursday, May 1 Across the United States

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Gardner-Webb University Offers Locations for Participation

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – On Thursday, May 1, the nation will come together and observe the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer. Each year since its inception in 1952, the president has signed a proclamation encouraging all citizens to join their fellow Americans in prayer.

At Gardner-Webb University, two locations will be open throughout the day to allow students, faculty, staff, and even community members an opportunity to participate in observing the National Day of Prayer.  Dr. Tracy Jessup, vice president for Christian Life and Service and senior minister to the University, is reminding members of the University family that the chapel in the Tucker Student Center and the Prayer Room in the Dover Chapel will be open.

The National Day of Prayer began when President Harry S. Truman signed a bill on April 17, 1952.  The observance has since been set for the first Thursday of every May.  The National Day of Prayer is celebrated by Americans of many religions, including Christian denominations as well as Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, and Jews, reflecting the demographics of the nation. On the National Day of Prayer, many Americans assemble in prayer in front of courthouses, as well as in houses of worship, such as churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University offers a comprehensive academic experience that introduces students to the diverse world of ideas and to the people who think them, preparing them for professional success and for productive citizenship.