WHEREAS, in 1775, the Continental Congress declared a National Day of Prayer; this solemn occasion remains a tradition that binds us together year after year; and
WHEREAS, leaders of our state and nation throughout our history have relied on prayer during times of thanksgiving; and
WHEREAS, during times of uncertainty in our nation and beyond, prayer helps to express our sorrow as a people; and
WHEREAS, North Carolinians from all faiths and backgrounds use prayer to express faith and cherished beliefs; and
WHEREAS, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees and protects the freedom to exercise and practice religious beliefs, including prayer; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina joins our nation in marking the 62nd consecutive observance of the National Day of Prayer on May 2, 2013, as mandated by the United States Congress and the President, in Public Law 100-307; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina will also observe the Week of Prayer in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina joins our nation in remembering in our thoughts and prayers the victims of natural and manmade disasters, members of our Armed Forces, our fellow citizens who are struggling and our elected officials working to help build a better life for all North Carolinians, as well as people in war-torn regions of the world, the sick and suffering, and children in North Carolina, our nation and across the globe;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim May 2, 2013 as a “NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER” and April 28-May 4, 2013, as a “NORTH CAROLINA WEEK OF PRAYER” in North Carolina, and urge citizens to join together in their homes and places of worship to pray.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this second day of April in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.