Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. issued a proclamation calling for Monday to be “U.S. Virgin Islands Day of Prayer, Fasting and Reflection,” according to a news release issued Saturday by Government House.
“I invite all Virgin Islanders to join in thoughtful prayer and reflection on the state of our nation and our territory on March 30, 2020, the Virgin Islands Day of Prayer, Fasting and Reflection,” Bryan said in his V.I. Day of Prayer proclamation.
In observance of the USVI Day of Prayer, Bryan further directed that all businesses in the territory cease from noon to 1 p.m. Monday.
“Governors throughout history have called for days of fasting and prayer over the condition of their state and nation. We specifically need to thank God for the health care providers and caretakers and persons providing supporting services in our fight of the coronavirus pandemic,” Bryan said in his proclamation.
In observance of this day, the Office of the Governor has partnered with local broadcasters to air prayers throughout the day on Monday. Participating stations, WGOD, the WJKC family of stations, WSTX, WSTA, DaVybe, Reef Broadcasting and WVWI, will broadcast a five-minute prayer by various local clergy every hour on the hour, for 24 hours, beginning at midnight on Monday and lasting through midnight on Tuesday.
The governor encouraged all residents of the community to participate in this day of supplication.
“President George Washington stated in his proclamation of October 17, 1789, ‘It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits and humbly to implore His protection and favor,’” the governor said.