All invited to Colorado National Day of Prayer rally
By Denver Catholic Register
AT A GLANCE
Thursday, May 3
Gov. John Hickenlooper has declared May 3 as Colorado Day of Prayer, which marks the 61st annual observance of the National Day of Prayer.
More than 200 prayer gatherings are scheduled across Colorado that day with people coming together across denominations to pray for the needs of their community, the state and the nation.
In Denver, an unprecedented gathering of 100 churches are expected to rally together from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Civic Center Park for “Love Conquers: National Day of Prayer 2012 at the Capitol.”
Representing all denominations and ethnic groups, Christians will host prayer tents at Civic Center Park where anyone can go for prayer. The celebration includes prayer for the nation on the Capitol steps at noon. There will also be activities for children and performances by ethnic dance groups.
“As they say in their promotional material, the National Day of Prayer at the Capitol will be an important ecumenical moment when all Christians in Colorado gather in a spirit of unity to pray for our nation and the state of Colorado,” said Phil Webb, director of the Denver Archdiocese’s Marriage and Family Life Office.
“Catholics in particular are today facing the very real prospect of losing basic religious freedom, and the ability to operate Catholic institutions according to our moral conscience. In fact, Pope Benedict XVI recently spoke about his worry that religious liberty in the United States is being weakened. He called it the ‘most cherished of American freedoms.’ I would encourage Catholics to attend, to join other Christians in prayer about this and all other concerns about civil society that deserve our prayers.”
National Day of Prayer was established as an annual day of prayer by the U.S. Congress in 1952. The goal of the observance is to reunite God’s family across all generations, ethnic groups, denominations and political lines.
To find out more, go to www.coloradondp.org or contact Amy Everette at 303-814-1379.