Thousands to gather for National Day of Prayer

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National Day of Prayer at Halifax Mall in Raleigh (WTVD)

Thousands of people are expected to gather in downtown Raleigh Thursday for a National Day of Prayer service.

The event will go from noon until 1 p.m. at Halifax Mall on W. Jones Street.

The purpose of the day is to pray for the nation.

The observance is held every year on the first Thursday of May.

It was created in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

There will be seven prayer stops at Halifax Mall. They cover the "seven mountains" for prayer--church, government, education, family, media, arts, and business.

People of all faiths are invited.

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