Plymouth Mayor, Mark Senter celebrated the National Day of Prayer with the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday, morning, May 3rd.
The history of the National Day of Prayer dates back to 1787, when Benjamin Franklin requested that President George Washington to open each day with prayer. It wasn’t until February 1952, during the Korean War that Reverend Billy Graham petitioned support of Representative Percy Priest to observe a national day of prayer. On April 17, 1952 President Harry Truman signed the bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer is celebrated every year on the first Thursday of May.
The local celebration, the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast was held Thursday at 6:30 a.m. at Christo’s Banquet Center. After being welcomed by first lady, Leann Senter the local Boy Scouts presented the colors and lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and Linda Star lead everyone in the singing our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.
Christo’s served a wonderful breakfast that included fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, ham and hash browns. Following breakfast the crowd, over 225 tickets sold including 16 tables, were able to enjoy the keynote speaker, Dr. Michele Dvorak, a member of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ who presently serves as the President of Ancilla College.
The theme of this year’s national event was “Love One Another” and Dr. Dvorak spoke on the subject giving those in attendance an example of a mother who faced an extreme situation and was still able to show love to the person who had murdered their child. She encouraged those in attendance to share love and pray for people they know who are struggling.
At the conclusion of the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast the request was made for participants to sign cards on their tables for Operation Quiet Comfort and they passed the basket for donations to the local Boy Scout Troops.