Rick Perry ‘Looks Forward’ to Stadium-Sized Prayer Rally on Saturday

By Penny Starr | August 5, 2011 | 5:43 PM EDT

Texas Gov. Rick Perry. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(CNSNews.com) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to speak briefly at “The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis,” which is a Christian prayer rally that will be held Saturday at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

In June, Perry issued a proclamation making Aug. 6, 2011 “a day of prayer and fasting for the nation” and Christian groups from around the country have put together an event that organizers say will feature prayer, Scripture readings, inspirational messages and worship music.

“Given the trials that have beset our country and world--from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and wars that endanger our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and theaters of conflict around the globe, and the decline of our culture in the context of the demise of families--it seems imperative that the people of our nation should once again join together for a solemn day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our troubled nation,” Perry said in his proclamation.

Perry concluded the proclamation by inviting fellow Texans “to join me on August 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, as we pray for unity and righteousness--for this great state, this great nation and all mankind.”

“I urge Americans of faith to pray on that day for the healing of our country, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of enduring values as our guiding force,” said Perry.

Critics have said the prayer rally is designed to advance Perry’s political ambitions. Perry Spokeswoman Catharine Frazier told CNSNews.com that the governor will attend the event and speak briefly.

"Gov. Perry is not concerned with the critics, he continues to look forward to the event and to joining Americans of faith in praying for our nation,” Frazier said via e-mail.

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