People worship during the National Day of Prayer at City Hall on Thursday. Photo by Scott Ball.
People worship during the National Day of Prayer at City Hall on Thursday. Photo by Scott Ball.

About 300 people gathered on the steps of City Hall to celebrate the 30th annual National Day of Prayer. Priests, rabbis, students, and church and temple-goers congregated to pray for our city, our state, and the United States of America.

Each year the president writes a National Proclamation to encourage patrons to pray on this day, and the governors of all 50 states write a State Proclamation. Mayor Ivy Taylor observed the day by reading the City Proclamation.

The National Day of Prayer is held on the first Thursday of May for people of all faiths to pray for the nation. The day was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and in 1988, the May date was set by President Reagan.

Cornerstone Church Pastor John Hagee spoke on the steps of City Hall.

“Why pray? Because God answers prayer,” he said. “As powerful as God is, he cannot answer prayer until you pray to him. The Bible says you have not because you ask not. And that is what we are doing here. We are asking God to intervene in our city and our state.”

Hagee said America needs a spiritual awakening and a spiritual rebirth.

An all-city choir and student delegations from 10 local schools attended the prayer rally on Thursday.

San Antonio resident and City Council gadfly Jack M. Finger attended the mass prayer gathering.

“I see too many things happening with our local government, the city council, and the laws and ordinances that tend to persecute Christians as time goes by,” he said. “We are here to pray to the Lord that these things do not happen and to alert our fellow Christians to be on guard against these things as they come.”

Finger waved a sign in protest of gay marriage.

*Featured/top image: People worshipped at City Hall during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday. Photo by Scott Ball. 

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Scott Ball is San Antonio Report's photo editor and grew up in San Antonio.