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Historic Day Of Prayer By Burgesses Recalled In Colonial Williamsburg

On June 1, 1774, the House of Burgesses assembled in Colonial Williamsburg not in legislative session, but in fasting and prayer. It called for a Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer in response to the British blockade of Boston Harbor. (Read the proclamation and see the event's depiction, here). One week ago today, on the exact date and location, The Family Foundation and the Virginians for Liberty commemorated that historic and influential day in America's founding and independence from monarchial power, but also to call on the Almighty's intervention in the just-as-real-threats to our liberty today. Just as the Burgesses marched from the Colonial Capitol to Bruton Parish Church for prayers, more than 100 concerned citizens from many denominational backgrounds retraced those exact steps to pray to the Lord to heal our land and restore our nation. Attendees assembled in front of the Colonial Capitol where Williamsburg resident Tom Morr, dressed in 18th century attire, explained the significance of the day in 1774 as well as the contemporary importance of the commemoration. (This was the second consecutive year of the commemoration). Participants then sang traditional hymns from the colonial period and walked six blocks down Duke of Gloucester Street to Bruton Parish Church. As they arrived, the same bell that greeted those Virginia patriots and Founders 234 years ago rang again.

Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb, Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-96th, Yorktown) and Pastor Wade Trump of Jamestown Christian Fellowship offered prayers. Bishop E.W. Jackson, Sr. of Exodus Faith Ministries ended the morning with an exhortation to return to the principles that our nation was founded upon. He said that as we work to preserve the principles that made us great as a state and a nation, we must never forget that our ultimate hope rests in the Lord and His mercy. The event, which lasted about an hour, was a reminder that we must continue to keep our state and nation, and those who lead us. in our constant prayers.

Click here to see a slide show of the event. Start with the third picture.

Reminder: Day Of Prayer Tomorrow In Williamsburg, New Parking Information

Please join us tomorrow, June 1, as we unite in Colonial Williamsburg for another year with concerned citizens from Hampton Roads and across the Commonwealth to call out to God to restore our nation to its Judeo-Christian principles and heal our land. The event commemorates the historic action taken by Virginia leaders more than 225 years ago in the same streets when they found themselves in need of God's intervention. On June 1, 1774, the Virginia House of Burgesses called a Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer as American colonists called out to the Lord to intervene during the crisis that followed the British closing of Boston Harbor. Today, our foes are much different, but they are just as real. Whether the attack is on life, on marriage or on religious liberty, we know that there are real threats to our freedom, liberty and prosperity.

The Family Foundation is joining with an ad hoc group called Virginians for Liberty asking the Lord to have mercy on us and heal our land. Please see respected historian David Barton address this very important event in the video below.

We will assemble at the Colonial Capitol on Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg promptly at 8:00 a.m. and walk to Bruton Parish Church where prayers will be offered along with some 18th-century hymns. This will cover several blocks, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. We will finish promptly at 9:00 a.m. Bring a U.S., Virginia or Christian flag and wave it as a symbol of your devotion to this cause.

After consulting with officials in Williamsburg, we encourage you to park either in the surface lots or the parking deck adjacent to Merchants Square, right next to Colonial Williamsburg. A previous recommendation, to park near Bassett Hall, is not available to the public. Merchants Square is more convenient to where we will conclude our prayer walk, making the walk back to our cars shorter.

Historian David Barton speaks to the importance of this important event: the one 225 years ago and the one tomorrow.

Recalling The House Of Burgesses: A Call To Prayer In Colonial Williamsburg

Mark your calendar for June 1 as we again gather in Colonial Williamsburg with concerned citizens from Hampton Roads and across the commonwealth to call out to God to restore our nation to its Judeo-Christian principles and heal our land. (See picture from last year's event.) On June 1, 1774, the Virginia House of Burgesses called a Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer (see proclamation at CW's web site) as American colonists called out to the Lord to intervene when the British closed the harbor at Boston. Today, our foes are much different, but they are just as real. Whether the attack is on life, on marriage or on religious liberty, we know that there are real threats to our freedom, liberty and prosperity.

The Family Foundation will commemorate that important prayer event on Wednesday, June 1, in the historic colonial capital, with the ad hoc group Virginians for Liberty, to ask the Lord to have mercy on us and heal our land. See the video below to see historian and WallBuilders founder David Barton briefly recount the historic event and explain how to participate in this very important event. After watching it, please share it or this blog post's link with your friends, family members and especially your pastor. We have a similar video available that is designed to be shown in churches during worship services and will make that available to any church that would like to show it to their congregation. If your church does not have the ability to download and show the video, we can also make a DVD copy available for viewing.

We will assemble at the Colonial Capitol on Duke of Gloucester Street promptly at 8:00 a.m. and walk to Bruton Parish Church where prayers will be offered along with some 18th century hymns. This will cover several blocks, so wear comfortable shoes. The event will end at 9:00. Bring a U.S., Virginia or Christian flag and wave it as a symbol of your devotion to this cause.

Parking can be confusing around Colonial Williamsburg. There is a parking lot near Bassett Hall, 522 Francis Street East, which is very convenient to the Capitol. For more information or questions, please call Roger Pogge in our office at 804-343-0010 or e-mail him at roger@familyfoundation.org. We look forward to seeing you there.

A Call to Prayer

Colonial Williamsburg

Wednesday, June 1, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m

Day Of Prayer Picture

Thanks to Family Foundation friend Heather Cordasco for this picture from the Day of Prayer in Colonial Williamsburg earlier this month (read previous post). We wanted to give people an idea of the turnout and the how it went.

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Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-96, Yorktown) was one of several people that led prayers during the Day of Prayer in front of historic Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg earlier this month during the Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer, a nod to the original such day in Virginia in 1774. More than 100 people attended.

Day Of Prayer In Williamsburg

On June 1, The Family Foundation joined in prayer with the ad hoc Virginians for Liberty and more than 100 concerned fellow citizens in Colonial Williamsburg for a latter-day Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer. The original such Day took place in 1774 and was called by the House of Burgesses when the British closed Boston Harbor and the crisis that action precipitated. This year's event, which we hope will be an annual occurrence, was for prayer to heal our land and restore the moral foundations that made America great.

Williamsburg-area resident Tom Morr organized the event, which included assembling at the Colonial Capitol on Duke of Gloucester Street and a walk to Bruton Parish Church where the participants prayed for the respect for life, marriage and the family, the protection of religious freedoms, a return of our government to its constitutional boundaries, and for God’s sovereignty in all things — and even sang some 18th century hymns. Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-96, Yorktown), Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb and several local area pastors led prayers, and Family Foundation Chaplain Bishop E. W. Jackson, Sr., provided a stirring closing prayer.  

Bishop Jackson encouraged those present to join with the Family Foundation to work to ensure our liberties are protected, and encouraged Virginians to, "pray like it all depends on God and then work like it all depends on us." While the obstacles we face in state government can be great, we know that our God is greater than all.

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 The original Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer. Sort of. A scene from Colonial Williamsburg's Story of a PatriotTo read the 1774 proclamation, click here.