President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared Friday, April 8 as a national holiday to be observed as a day of supplication, prayer, fasting and meditation.
President Sirleaf said, “This is meant to ensure that our efforts as a people may be crowned with great achievements to the common cause of the nation, the state and our common humanity.”
The national Legislature passed an Act in 1883 declaring the second Friday in the month of April of each year as National Fast and Prayer Day for the safety and welfare of the nation and its people with penitent reverence to God.
“There have been unusual and extraordinary outbreaks of natural phenomena and man provoked national crises that have caused much harm, devastation and destruction in many parts of the world, and in our nation from which by the grace of God we the survivors have been spared,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release.
The President also called upon all prelates, priests, elders, deacons, evangelists, imams and all residents, regardless of religious creed, to gather with one accord in their respective places of worship in each city, town, village, hamlet and home across the country in simple and non-costly apparel to fast, pray and meditate from 8 o’clock a.m.
All public offices, business houses, market places are to remain closed on this day, while all citizens and foreign residents will cease from their usual daily occupations and vocations in further recognition of God’s love and guidance.