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.