Photo Slideshow: National Day of Prayer

Anita Hensley of Kansas City, Mo., joins in worship at the National Day of Prayer observance on Capitol Hill on Thursday (May 2). RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

The National Day of Prayer, established by Congress in 1952, was marked across the country Thursday (May 2), including an observance at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington. The event featured prayers for all the branches of the U.S. government and remarks by religious, political and military leaders. Twenty-five years ago, President Reagan designated the first Thursday in May for the annual prayer day.

Religion News Service photos by Adelle M. Banks.

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Adelle M. Banks

Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.

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Sally Morrow

Sally Morrow joined Religion News Service in March 2012 as Photo/Multimedia Editor. She is a photographer and editor based in Kansas City. Morrow has worked as a multimedia editor and photographer at Newsday, The Des Moines Register, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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