Interfaith Group Celebrates National Day of Prayer

May 2, 2003

Source: The New Britian Herald

On May 2, 2003 The New Britian Herald reported that "the Southington [CT] Town Green became a rallying point Thursday afternoon for religious leaders of many faiths to lead their fellow residents in prayer as Southington celebrated the National Day of Prayer. Protestant ministers, Roman Catholic priests and a local Sikh joined together to pray for local government officials, common understanding and world peace. A group of 35 residents bowed their heads in prayer as each religious leader spoke... This was the 12th year Southington celebrated the National Day of Prayer, which has its beginnings in 1775 when the Continental Congress asked the original 13 colonies to pray for wisdom in forming the nation... Council member Victoria Triano, an ordained minister, requested the Town Council endorse the local celebration when she first joined the council 12 years ago. Triano said the idea behind the event is to make people aware of their 'right to celebrate their religion in public...' 'We want to make sure people know they can exercise their freedom of religion in this country,' Triano said. 'We want to make this right. We open it up to anyone and it doesn’t matter who comes.'"