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BP Adams calls for Brooklyn Day of Prayer

May 4, 2016 By Francesca Norsen Tate Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Christian Cultural Center. Eagle photo by Francesca N. Tate

As the National Day of Prayer and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) fall on the same date this year, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has proclaimed today, May 5, as the Brooklyn Day of Prayer. The day is intended to celebrate the diverse community of faith in the borough and the shared commitment to the free exercise of religion.

Every year, President Barack Obama and Congress designate the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer for people of all faiths to celebrate their freedom to worship according to their traditions.

Adams has also invited Brooklynites to participate in services and commemorations offered by each of the three Abrahamic traditions — Jewish, Christian and Islamic — taking place next week.

“Brooklyn has a long tradition of community participation in prayer, and our houses of worship have been at the forefront of ensuring our residents’ physical, spiritual and social well-being — it is therefore most fitting that we recognize our faith-based organizations’ impact on community solidarity as well as their ability to inspire during difficult times,” remarked the borough president. He went on to urge Brooklynites to “celebrate their very own Day of Prayer to acknowledge the religious diversity we have in our beloved borough, allowing us to move forward as One Brooklyn.”

The Jewish service, which was celebrated on Wednesday, was a Yom HaShoah observance, in memory of those who died in the Holocaust, and to remind everyone about the need for people of good faith to prevent future genocide.

The Christian Cultural Center is scheduled to host an Interdenominational Prayer Gathering this morning from 9 to 11 a.m. The Borough President’s Office is partnering with the New York state National Day of Prayer Task Force, Concerts of Prayer NY and other prayer ministries/groups from across the borough to host the event at 12020 Flatlands Ave.

The third service will be held on the Muslim Sabbath, Friday, May 6, at 1 p.m. at the Islamic Center of Bay Ridge, 6807 Fifth Ave.

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