Saturday, October 13, 2007

The First National Day of Prayer

One of the first Congress' first acts (one day after the First Amendment was formally adopted) was to petition President Washington to recommend to the American people a day of public thanksgiving and prayer. The purpose was, in the words of the Congress, "to acknowledge, with grateful hearts, the signal favors of Almighty God." Washington endorsed the resolution and urged all Americans to unite in prayer, as he said "to the great Lord and ruler of nations, and to beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions."

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