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Faith leaders gather at state capitol to observe National Day of Prayer

Posted at 5:30 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 11:36:27-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (The News Service of Florida) - More than 100 faith leaders and believers from across Florida gathered at the state capitol Thursday to take part in the 67th annual National Day of Prayer.  

The non-denominational gathering in Tallahassee was one of more than a dozen across the state, celebrating religious freedom in America.

Church hymns were sung, bible verses were read, and prayers were said for those dealing with life’s struggles.

Pam Olsen is a pastor at Hilltop House of Prayer in Tallahassee. She feels everyone needs divine guidance from above. 

“The bible tells us to pray for those in authority, and that’s from the governor all the way down to the janitor. Everybody in this building needs prayer. We pray for our leaders," said Olsen. "We pray for the staff, and we pray for their families because it matters.” 

Similar ceremonies took place in state houses across the country.

The National Day of Prayer was established by Congress in 1952, as a way for people of all faiths to show they are free to gather and pray in public places.