With closed eyes, outstretched arms, lifted heads and hopeful hearts, Utah believers united with Americans across the country Thursday morning for the 62nd National Day of Prayer.
The Rev. Michael J. Imperiale, senior pastor of Salt Lake City's First Presbyterian Church, delivered a special message at Calvary Chapel of Salt Lake. The gathering included a breakfast and live-streaming of the national ceremony from Washington, D.C.
In a proclamation marking this year's event, President Barack Obama declared that prayer "brings communities together and can be a wellspring of strength and support" especially in the wake of the Boston bombings, the Newtown, Conn., school shootings and the deadly explosion in West, Texas.