Santa Monica will observe the 23rd annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2, at 7 a.m. This year’s event will be held in the east patio next to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Religious leaders from across the community will offer prayers for the president, governor and other governmental leaders, the armed services, peace officers, legislators, judges, the community and the nation. Topics such as personal renewal and moral awakening, youth, the family, business, education, the sick, the imprisoned and persecuted, churches, missionaries and ministry organizations will also be covered.

Several important Santa Monicans are expected to participate in the day of prayer, including Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks and Santa Monica Fire Department Chief Scott Ferguson, as well as multiple members of the clergy in the city by the sea.

The theme of this year’s prayer day is “Pray for America,” inspired by the bible passage Matthew 12:21, which says, “In His Name the nations will put their hope.”

The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is located at 1855 Main St. Coffee will be provided at the event. For more information, call Kari Czer, co-chairman of the Santa Monica National Day of Prayer Committee, at (310) 365-8219.

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