By MICHAEL ALEXANDER, Staff Photographer | Published May 14, 2015
ATLANTA—After months of planning, Atlanta’s Salvation Army, churches of many and varying faiths and a host of community organizations were all united around a single purpose from noon on May 4 to 5 p.m. on May 9—125 hours of prayer for the metro Atlanta area.
Atlanta Prays was a collaborative effort to pray for the ills plaguing the city. The key areas of concern included sex trafficking, rising crime and violence, ongoing generational poverty and the exposure of children to a culture of disappearing Christian morals and values.
Each day presented a different theme. The first and last day’s theme was “truth” and those that came in between, in succession, were “holiness and purpose,” “forgiveness, repentance and healing,” “unity, wholeness and peace,” and “love.”
The Metro Atlanta Salvation Army provided each participating church with “Atlanta Prays Prayer Guides,” which provided suggested subtopics under a given theme, along with Scripture passages that correlated to subtopics.
Of the nearly 40 churches that served as host sites for prayer, inside and outside the perimeter (Interstate 285), eight of the churches were Catholic. They included Corpus Christi Church, Stone Mountain; Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Atlanta; Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Atlanta; Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Atlanta; St. Anthony of Padua Church, Atlanta; St. John Vianney Church, Lithia Springs; St. Philip Benizi Church, Jonesboro; and St. Brigid Church, Johns Creek. Each church brought a unique approach to the many hours of prayer.
The photographs are comprised of images from the eight Catholic churches over the four days of fervent prayer.