National Day of Prayer on Thursday is time 'to pray for strength and hope'

The National Day of Prayer will take place Thursday, May 2. On that day, people of all faiths are invited to pray for the nation.

In Shelton, a group is expected to gather on the Huntington Green at 7:30 p.m.

Members of the Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the members of the Connecticut State Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists (DAC) are reminding people of all faiths about the National Day of Prayer.

Because of the faith of many of the country’s founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition, according to a DAR and DAC press release.

Roots go back to late 1700s

Days of prayer have been called for since 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. In 1983, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in Marsh vs. Chambers.

The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952, and was signed into law by President Truman. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year.

“With everything happening in our nation from natural disasters to manmade tragedies, it is more important than ever for our nation to pray for strength and hope,” according to the release.

About DAR and DAC

Both the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Colonists are nonprofit lineage societies open to women who can prove direct line to a patriot in the American Revolution.

The groups dedicate themselves to historical preservation, promotion of education, and encouragement of patriotic endeavor. The local DAR and DAC chapters have members in Shelton and many nearby towns.

Any woman over 18 who can prove an ancestor served in the American Revolution is a prospective member. For information, go to (DAR) or (DAC).