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October 11, 1782: Fourteenth Congressional Fasting Proclamation

American History, Congressional Spiritual Proclamations, October Articles

This post is part 15 of the series:When Congress Asked America to Fast, Pray, and Give Thanks to God October 11, 1782 Congress issues thanksgiving proclamation In 1776, America’s Continental Congress began to issue two spiritual proclamations a year until near the end of the War of Independence. Since November 1777 when Henry Laurens was President, Congress had issued a fall thanksgiving proclamation calling the states to remember their spiritual “duty” to offer praise for the divine grace shown to the nation. The type of personal sacrifice that many of America’s...Read more... Read more... -->

March 20, 1781: Seventh Congressional Fasting Proclamation

American History, Congressional Spiritual Proclamations

This post is part 12 of the series:When Congress Asked America to Fast, Pray, and Give Thanks to God March 20, 1781 Congress issues seventh fasting proclamation There is no historical evidence to support the myth that America’s Founding Fathers were Deists or irreligious. Rather, just the opposite is true. Not only is the historical record replete with the Christian character of the English colonies that gave birth to America, but from the beginning of America as an independent nation following the War of Independence, all historical evidence points to the fact that the Founding...Read more... Read more... -->

March 19, 1782: Eighth Congressional Fasting Proclamation

American History, Congressional Spiritual Proclamations

This post is part 14 of the series:When Congress Asked America to Fast, Pray, and Give Thanks to God March 19, 1782 Congress issues eighth fasting proclamation to states Far from pushing Christianity and religious observance from the life of government, the Continental Congress (and subsequent Confederation Congress) endorsed and encouraged Christian observances such as fasting, prayer, and thanksgiving. No single denomination or church was permitted to dominate at the congressional or national level, though most states endorsed established churches. This practice of allowing states to have...Read more... Read more... -->

March 16, 1776: Second Congressional Fasting Proclamation

American History, Congressional Spiritual Proclamations, March Articles

This post is part 3 of the series:When Congress Asked America to Fast, Pray, and Give Thanks to God March 16, 1776 Congress issues second fasting proclamation to states The Christian influence upon the formation of the Thirteen English colonies prior to the American Revolution, may be seen everywhere in the historical records of each colony. During and following the Revolution, America’s Founding Fathers continued to influence the politics of their states and nation with their Christian faith. One of the clearest evidences of this fact is seen in the Christian spiritual proclamations...Read more... Read more... -->

March 11, 1780: Sixth Congressional Fasting Proclamation

American History, Congressional Spiritual Proclamations

This post is part 10 of the series:When Congress Asked America to Fast, Pray, and Give Thanks to God March 11, 1780 Congress proclaims sixth fasting proclamation to the Thirteen States During the American Revolution, Congress issued sixteen spiritual proclamations calling upon the Thirteen States to fast, pray, and give thanks to God. Congress usually designated a day when the proclamations were to be observed. So seriously did Congress take these Christian spiritual practices that it asked “that servile labour and recreations be forbidden on the said day.”Sixth Congressional...Read more... Read more... -->

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"Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of...It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor... "
– Congressional Prayer Proclamation
Journals of Congress, 9:854-855
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