National Day of Prayer, 2009, 22087-22088 [E9-11124]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 89 / Monday, May 11, 2009 / Presidential Documents 22087 Presidential Documents Proclamation 8374 of May 7, 2009 National Day of Prayer, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Throughout our Nation’s history, Americans have come together in moments of great challenge and uncertainty to humble themselves in prayer. In 1775, as the Continental Congress began the task of forging a new Nation, colonists were asked to observe a day of quiet humiliation and prayer. Almost a century later, as the flames of the Civil War burned from north to south, President Lincoln and the Congress once again asked the American people to pray as the fate of their Nation hung in the balance. It is in that spirit of unity and reflection that we once again designate the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer. Let us remember those who came before us, and let us each give thanks for the courage and compassion shown by so many in this country and around the world. On this day of unity and prayer, let us also honor the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. We celebrate their commitment to uphold our highest ideals, and we recognize that it is because of them that we continue to live in a Nation where people of all faiths can worship or not worship according to the dictates of their conscience. Let us also use this day to come together in a moment of peace and goodwill. Our world grows smaller by the day, and our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife; and to lift up those who have fallen on hard times. As we observe this day of prayer, we remember the one law that binds all great religions together: the Golden Rule, and its call to love one another; to understand one another; and to treat with dignity and respect those with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth. The Congress, by Public Law 100–307, as amended, has called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a ‘‘National Day of Prayer.’’ NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 7, 2009, as a National Day of Prayer. I call upon Americans to pray in thanksgiving for our freedoms and blessings and to ask for God’s continued guidance, grace, and protection for this land that we love. VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:21 May 08, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\11MYD1.SGM 11MYD1 22088 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 89 / Monday, May 11, 2009 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third. [FR Doc. E9–11124 Filed 5–8–09; 11:15 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:21 May 08, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\11MYD1.SGM 11MYD1 OB#1.EPS</GPH> Billing code 3195–W9–P

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 89 (Monday, May 11, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 22087-22088]
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[FR Doc No: E9-11124]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 89 / Monday, May 11, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 8374 of May 7, 2009

                
National Day of Prayer, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Throughout our Nation's history, Americans have come 
                together in moments of great challenge and uncertainty 
                to humble themselves in prayer. In 1775, as the 
                Continental Congress began the task of forging a new 
                Nation, colonists were asked to observe a day of quiet 
                humiliation and prayer. Almost a century later, as the 
                flames of the Civil War burned from north to south, 
                President Lincoln and the Congress once again asked the 
                American people to pray as the fate of their Nation 
                hung in the balance.

                It is in that spirit of unity and reflection that we 
                once again designate the first Thursday in May as the 
                National Day of Prayer. Let us remember those who came 
                before us, and let us each give thanks for the courage 
                and compassion shown by so many in this country and 
                around the world.

                On this day of unity and prayer, let us also honor the 
                service and sacrifice of the men and women of the 
                United States Armed Forces. We celebrate their 
                commitment to uphold our highest ideals, and we 
                recognize that it is because of them that we continue 
                to live in a Nation where people of all faiths can 
                worship or not worship according to the dictates of 
                their conscience.

                Let us also use this day to come together in a moment 
                of peace and goodwill. Our world grows smaller by the 
                day, and our varied beliefs can bring us together to 
                feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make 
                peace where there is strife; and to lift up those who 
                have fallen on hard times. As we observe this day of 
                prayer, we remember the one law that binds all great 
                religions together: the Golden Rule, and its call to 
                love one another; to understand one another; and to 
                treat with dignity and respect those with whom we share 
                a brief moment on this Earth.

                The Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, has 
                called on the President to issue each year a 
                proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a 
                ``National Day of Prayer.''

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 7, 
                2009, as a National Day of Prayer. I call upon 
                Americans to pray in thanksgiving for our freedoms and 
                blessings and to ask for God's continued guidance, 
                grace, and protection for this land that we love.

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                 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                seventh day of May, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. E9-11124
Filed 5-8-09; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3195-W9-P