National Day of Prayer

CASA GRANDE — The annual National Day of Prayer is on Thursday, May 6, and with another car procession planned, this year’s Casa Grande event will be much like the one held in 2020.

Attendees will gather in their cars in the parking lot of The Promenade at Casa Grande shopping center and tune into a radio station.

They’ll then drive a route specifically created for the event.

Cars will begin lining up in the parking lot at 5:45 p.m.

Attendees will not need to get out of their vehicles. They will roll down their windows and a National Day of Prayer volunteer will hand the occupants of each car a packet of information that includes the prayer route, sample prayers and where to line up.

Those in attendance may follow along on the radio by tuning in to Grace 91.1 FM for preprocession praise music from 6 to 6:15 p.m.

At 6:15, the procession will pull out of the shopping center in a single file of cars.

The event is self-guided and drivers are asked to obey all traffic signals.

“We will get separated, and that’s OK,” an announcement about the event said.

As drivers pass particular prayer points on the route, someone in the car will read the scripture and prayer prompt or say their own prayer.

The route will end back at the shopping center, where attendees may drop off a survey and prayer request cards. Attendees will receive a gift for participating.

“We encourage you to decorate your car with red, white and blue and take pictures to post with the hashtag #NDPCasaGrande,” the announcement said.

National Day of Prayer is an annual event during which people of different faiths and beliefs come together to pray collectively for the country and the community.

It’s been held on the first Thursday in May each year since 1952 to encourage all to pray for the nation. Events will be held in communities nationwide.

Casa Grande’s event is organized by the Seeds of Hope organization. The 2020 event in Casa Grande attracted hundreds of people.

For more information, visit the Seeds of Hope website at www.seedsofhopeaz.com or call 836-6335.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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