National Day of Prayer being observed despite COVID-19

Today is designated as the National Day of Prayer and at least one group has found a way to observe the day without violating the social distancing regulations in place because of COVID-19.

The first Thursday in May has been designated as the official observance and today is the 69th anniversary.

This year’s national theme is “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth.”

“The Lord has certainly shown us how we can join together in Christian unity to pray for Ocean Springs, Mississippi, America and the Earth!” said Debra Brown with the Mississippi National Day of Prayer.

Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes also issued a proclamation observing the Day of Prayer.

The Ocean Springs chapter of the NDP is hosting a Park. Praise. Pray at 5:30 p.m. at Mosaic Church parking lot. The church is located at 2016 Bienville Boulevard in Ocean Springs.

To comply with COVID regulations, those attending are asked to stay in their parked cars and tune in to a designated radio station to hear the event, said Terry and Joey Fountain, event organizers.

“We are working diligently to keep the event to 30-40 minutes while being faithful to praise God and declare that God is our only hope, knowing that in His grace and goodness He inclines His ear to hear our prayers.”

The Fountains said that if people can’t make the event at the church, they can participate in the National Day of Prayer virtually by:

Going to the Mississippi National Day of Prayer Facebook page at the following link:

The prayer and worship will be broadcast live from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. with Governor Tate Reeves giving his proclamation and prayer from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Going to the National Day of Prayer page for the national broadcast from 7-9 p.m.  The link is

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