Laguna Beach’s National Day of Prayer offers an inclusive day to manifest peace

At least 13 faith communities will participate in Laguna Beach’s National Day of Prayer. Locally, it is a designated day when people of all faiths or nonfaiths are encouraged to pray and meditate on peace within themselves and for the nation and the world. The theme is “Finding Peace through song, silence and prayer.”

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Photo by Barbara McMurray

Interfaith Council volunteer organizers (L-R): Angela Ordway and Blanche Zelko are preparing for Laguna Beach’s National Day of Prayer on the May 2 at tiny St. Francis by the Sea American Catholic Church, 430 Park Ave. All are welcome to attend the free 4 p.m. event that aims to bring together people of all faiths or nonfaiths to pray for and meditate on peace within oneself and in the world.

Observed annually nationwide on the first Thursday in May, the Laguna Beach Interfaith Council is spearheading the event. The LBIC will acknowledge this day with a service on Thursday, May 2 from 4-5 p.m. It is a free public event offering messages, music, prayers and more from leaders of many faith traditions. The service will be held at the tiny St. Francis by the Sea American Catholic Church, 430 Park Ave., Laguna Beach, with refreshments and snacks to follow next door at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 428 Park Ave.

With origins in the 1700s, the official U.S. National Day of Prayer was co-founded by Congress and President Truman and signed into law in 1952. Updated in 1988, one of the stated intentions of the National Day of Prayer is that it would be a day when adherents of all religions could unite in prayer. Although its current online complexion reflects a conservative Christian viewpoint, the Laguna Beach event organizers have made it a tradition to make National Day of Prayer in Laguna Beach one of inclusion, expanded thinking and caring for our neighbors. For more information, email office@ncclaguna.org.


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