Local clergy preparing to commemorate a National Day of Prayer say that as the nation struggles with tragic events and continued economic insecurity, this is a perfect time to gather and pray.

A Prayer Gathering for the city of Milford will be held on Thursday, May 2 at noon at Milford City Hall, where Milford residents, city officials, clergy members and community members will gather for prayer.

The gathering is part of the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer, and similar events will be held at the same time around the world.

This year’s theme, “Pray for America,” is based on Matthew 12:21, which reminds people that “In His name the nations will put their hope.”

"With all of the tragedies and hardships facing our nation today, it is vitally important that we all come together as one nation under God to call out to Him for His divine help, healing and hope," said Pastor Alfred D. Watts, Pastor of Cornerstone Christian Center, the host church for the Milford Prayer Gathering.

The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.