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Mainers Mark National Day of Prayer 

Catherine Pegram

Thousands of Mainers joined millions more across the country in prayer today, despite a ruling by a federal judge calling the gathering unconstitutional. Today is the National Day of Prayer. About 150 people in Bangor gathered at noon at the gazebo behind the Paul Bunyan statue on Main Street. Three weeks ago a federal judge in Wisconsin said the President’s executive order establishing a National Day of Prayer is a government endorsement of religion, which violates the First Amendment.The judge then stayed the decision, expecting an appeal. Assistant Pastor James Lord at Calvary Chapel in Orrington says, “People are allowed to say what they want, whether it’s Christian or not. So as far as I’m concerned, we have that right to assemble and to praise God in our way.”Participants prayed for local, state and federal leaders, as well as marriages, children and education.Calvary Chapel organized the event, which drew people from seven churches. The day was expected to be observed in more than 70 places in Maine.The National Day of Prayer was first established by President Harry Truman in 1952.