- The Washington Times - Friday, April 27, 2001

Congress first called for a National Day of Prayer in 1775. President Lincoln called another one in 1863. In 1952, Congress, led by President Harry S. Truman, established the National Day of Prayer as an annual event. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the observances for every first Thursday of May.
Washington is the focal point of activities for the May 3 National Day of Prayer. These events will take place in the caucus room of the Cannon House Office Building:
* 9:30-10:47 a.m.: The Marine Corps Brass Quintet will perform, followed by a keynote address by Prison Fellowship President Chuck Colson and a prayer by the Rev. Lloyd Ogilvie, Senate chaplain.
* 10:47 a.m.-12:33 p.m.: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Mel Martinez; Sen. Wayne Allard, Colorado Republican; U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Barry Black, who is a senior chaplain; and Judge Edith Jones of the 9th District Court of Appeals will deliver remarks.
* 12:34-1:28 p.m.: Performers include the McLean Family Singers, actor Dean Jones and Angela Perez Baraquio, Miss America 2001.
* 1:28 p.m.-2:06 p.m.: Singer/songwriter Michael W. Smith will lead worship, followed by a closing prayer by Shirley Dobson, chairman of the National Day of Prayer.
On the west Capitol steps, the International Christian Host Coalition will coordinate observances from 5-8:30 p.m. Vinesong, an international ministry team, will lead worship along with the Multi-cultural Mass Youth Choir, made up of youths from the Washington area.
All events are open to the public. The doors for the events in the Cannon Building open at 9 a.m.

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