As the entire country observed the 2014 National Day of Prayer, faith leaders from across Maryland congregated in Annapolis to speak as “One Voice United in Prayer.” At an Interfaith Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI), clergy offered prayers for Five Centers of Influence in society, including family, education, government, places of worship and the United States of America. The multi-denominational collective included Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Christian and Muslim leaders.

The National Day of Prayer is annually observed on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the U. S. Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown offered remarks during the breakfast program that also highlighted May as National Foster Care Month.

“All of us, no matter our faith or creed, are dedicated to building strong, safe communities for all of Maryland’s families, and lifting up our neighborhoods through service” said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. “Today, on the National Day of Prayer, we come together united in our common purpose: supporting Maryland’s families and working each and every day to build a brighter future for all of our children.”

The GOCI Interfaith Prayer Breakfast was co-sponsored by Seraaj Family Homes and Volunteers of America and coordinated by the Governor’s Office of Faith Outreach, which is housed within GOCI.