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Students gather at flagpole to pray

See You at the Pole is an event that started back in 1990. Now millions of people gather around flagpoles at their schools and pray on the fourth Wednesday of every September. At Weber State University, students gathered around the flagpole at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning to pray.

This is WSU’s third year participating in See You at the Pole. The event is usually organized through InterVarsity, the Christian fellowship organization on campus.

“To be able to join the rest of the country is something powerful,” said Michael Vazquez, a Bible study leader with InterVarsity. This was Vazquez’s second year attending See You at the Pole, and this year he helped organize the event. He said it is powerful to know people are praying at the same time all around the country.

InterVarsity did not need to get permission from the university to gather at the flagpole, and there are no rules against praying in public at WSU, but that is not the case at all universities.

“In some universities, InterVarsity is banned,” Vazquez said. “It’s important we gather and pray about that. We don’t want to see that happen around the country.”

For an hour and a half, 15 people prayed around the flagpole. Some, but not all of the people at the flagpole were members of InterVarsity. They started off with a group prayer, and then everyone had the opportunity to pray for some of their own personal concerns.

“They could pray about what was in their heart and on their mind,” Vazquez said.

The group prayed for things such as the university and issues in the world. Vazquez said everyone was invited and that it is powerful when people can pray together without condemnation and to see different religions praying together with the same purpose and intent.

InterVarsity meets for worship sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and holds a bigger Bible study session on Thursdays with guest speakers.

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