☷A Proclamation on National Day of Prayer 2022
White House ( By Press Release office)
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Throughout our history , prayer has been an anchor for countless Americans searching for strength and wisdom in times of struggle and sharing hope and gratitude in seasons of joy . In public reflections on life’s many blessings and in quiet moments during life’s most difficult trials , Americans of nearly every background and faith have turned to prayer for comfort and inspiration . Prayer is a sacred right protected by free speech and religious liberty enshrined in our Constitution , and it continues to lift our spirits as we navigate the challenges of our time . On this day , we recognize the healing power of prayer , especially as we recover from the trauma and loss of the COVID‑19 pandemic . Today we find ourselves in a moment of renewal — of lives saved , of new jobs created , and of new hope for rebuilding America . Today is also a moment of reflection when we are called to address some of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced — saving our planet from the existential threat of climate change; responding to attacks on democracy at home and abroad; and living up to our Nation’s promise of liberty , justice , and equality for all . As the late President Dwight D . Eisenhower once said , “There is a need we all have in these days and times for some help which comes from outside ourselves . ” Across our diverse and cherished beliefs , on this National Day of Prayer , no matter how or whether we pray , we are all called to look outside ourselves . Let us find in our hearts and prayers the determination to put aside our differences , come together , and truly see one another as fellow Americans . 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 , JOSEPH R . BIDEN JR . , President of the United States of America , by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States , do hereby proclaim May 5 , 2022 , as a National Day of Prayer . I call upon the citizens of our Nation to give thanks , in accordance with their own faiths and consciences , for our many freedoms and blessings , and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God’s continued guidance , mercy , and protection . IN WITNESS WHEREOF , I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of May , in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty - two , and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty - sixth . JOSEPH R . BIDEN JR .
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