Faithful gather for National Day of Prayer Breakfast

2 May 2013 | Lance Cpl. Justin A. Rodriguez

Marines and sailors sat quietly as they bowed their heads and listened to a prayer from the commanding general of Marine Corps Installations East – Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Gorry, during the National Day of Prayer Breakfast at the Paradise Point Officer’s Club aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, May 2.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, recommending anyone of any religious belief to pray for the Nation.

Gorry said he thanked the participants for praying with him and for their service. By serving the country, they enable everybody to have their own religious beliefs.

The National Day of Prayer Task Force mobilizes prayer in America and encourages personal repentance and righteousness in the culture, according to its website.

The National Day of Prayer Task Force is comprised of a staff of persons determined to make the public aware of the power of prayer.

“Thank you, God, for this day and the people we have here,” said Cmdr. Ray Stewart, the base chaplain. “We gather today to come together from different faith traditions and pray for our country.”

The power of prayer is a great force for religions, said Stewart. Along with hosting a breakfast aboard base, The National Day of Prayer Task Force hosts events all over the country to spread awareness.

Six chaplains lead the group in six prayers for our military, wounded warriors, veterans, families, the fallen and our Nation’s leaders. The chaplains invited service members from different beliefs and denominations were invited to the breakfast. Local leaders and even junior enlisted personnel attended the breakfast to share prayer.

“I grew up in church,” said Navy Seaman Michael D. Millett, a religious program specialist aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. “It’s great seeing all these people coming together to just pray.”

Not only did service members come to pray together, participants said they became closer by doing so.

Camp Lejeune has 14 chaplains stationed with units and abroad.

For more information about religious services aboard base call the base chaplain’s office at 910 451 3210.