March 3 could be a day of prayer in the city of Los Angeles if a resolution introduced by Councilman Dennis Zine is approved by the full Los Angeles City Council later this week.
The resolution, introduced last Friday, is similar to ones approved in 2008, 2009 and 2011. It calls for Angelenos “of this great metropolis to gather together on that day to pray for unity in the hearts of all our citizens and for peace on earth.” The Continental Congress of 1776, the founding fathers, Billy Graham and Father Junipero Serra are all cited as reasons for hosting the day of prayer.
In 2008 and 2009, the Day of Prayer resolution called for worshiping all deities recognized by Angelenos. This year’s resolution, however, is not as inclusive, reading:
Citizens come from nearly every nation on earth to celebrate our Day of Prayer and to petition Almighty God to show us His mercy and His love, to heal our hurts and to uphold our hope, that we might be mindful of His justice and thankful for His blessing.
That passage was included in last year’s Day of Prayer resolution.
According to Zine’s office, the resolution is intended to coincide with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s annual prayer breakfast. The weekend event is open to people of all faiths, according to the Mayor’s Office.
The resolution is expected to be voted on on Friday.