During the Revolutionary War, Congress issued sixteen proclamations calling for a National Day of Prayer, Fasting and Humilation.
Take a look at the table below. You can click on the “page one | page two” links in the “Journals of the Continental Congress (1774 – 1875)” column to see the image of the text as it’s preserved in the Library of Congress and you can click on the “text” link to view a more “readable” version of the text.”
|Date / Proclamation||Journals of the Continental Congress (1774 – 1875)||text|
|July 20, 1775||page one | page two||text|
|March 16, 1776||page one | page two||text|
|December 11, 1776||page one||text|
|November 1, 1777||page one | page two||text|
|March 6, 1778||page one | page two||text|
|November 16, 1778||page one||text|
|March 20, 1779||page one | page two||text|
|October 14, 1779||page one | page two||text|
|March 11, 1780||page one | page two||text|
|October 18, 1780||page one | page two||text|
|March 20, 1781||page one | page two||text|
|October 26, 1781 (British Surrender)||page one | page two||text|
|March 19, 1782||page one | page two||text|
|October 11, 1782||page one||text|
|October 18, 1783||page one | page two||text|
|August 3, 1784||page one | page two||text|
There’s one proclamation in particular that’s especially significant given the fact that among the three man team assigned to craft the verbiage was James Madison.
Madison is sometimes referred to as someone who was adamantly opposed to any kind of offical endorsement of the Christian mindset. You see that in the way commentators will present his “Memorial and Remonstrance” which was a document outlining why he disagreed with using public monies to compensate “Teachers of the Christian Religion.”
While it’s tempting to assume that Madison’s hesitation in using public funds to finance Christian education was indicative of his desire to eliminate any reference to Christ in the marketplace, you can only arrive at that conclusion if you ignore his words and actions while serving in Congress – specifically his obviously being in favor of a corporate posture of prayer and worship.
In addition to his voting in the affirmative for the above proclamations, you also have his involvement in the wording of the Proclamation issued on the 20th of March 1781.
You can see a copy of this Proclamation as it’s preserved in the Library of Congress by clicking here. To view the Proclamation itself, you’ll find that on page 285 (page 297 according to the PDF document). To see the list of individuals tasked with creating the Proclamation, you’ll find that on pages 257-258. If you’re going by the page numbers as they’re accounted for by the PDF document, you’ll find it on page 269-270.