(HARRISBURG) - The Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously passed a resolution Monday sponsored by Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27) that recognizes May 1 as the "National Day of Prayer" in Pennsylvania, encouraging the celebration of religious freedom.

In a press release from his office, Gordner said the first Thursday of May has been designated annually across the country to recognize the power of prayer. "Prayer is regarded by millions as the most important utterance for the benefit of our society," Gordner stated.

"The National Day of Prayer is a day to ask for healing and unity," said Gordner, who noted the annual designation is being recognized by Congress and by state legislatures across the country to celebrate religious freedom.

Gordner and Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich (D-114) are the co-hosts of this year's Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast, which has incorporated the theme of "In God We Trust" for the breakfast to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the coin motto, proposed by former Pennsylvania Governor James Pollock of Milton in 1864.

The theme of this year's 63nd annual National Day of Prayer is "One Voice United in Prayer."