President Bush Asks Nation to Pray

President George W. Bush called for the nation to join him in prayer on Friday, September 14, in the wake of Tuesday's acts of terrorism against the United States. He declared a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.

The president announced that he would attend a noon prayer service at the National Cathedral before going to New York to add his support to rescue efforts underway there: ''I ask that the people of the United States and places of worship mark this national day with noontime memorial services, the ringing of bells at that hour and evening candlelight remembrance vigils,'' Bush said Thursday. ''I encourage employers to permit their workers time off during the lunch hour to attend the noontime services to pray for our land.''

Prayer services will be held widely by people of almost all denominations. The American Muslim Council, a body of 11 American-Muslim groups, has designated Friday a day of national mourning.

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