The 66th annual National Day of Prayer was marked Thursday on the Southcoast with gatherings of residents outside local government buildings.

About 20 Christians assembled at the Town Hall in Fairhaven, offering prayers and songs and asking a higher power to grant wisdom to public officials as they make their day-to-day decisions.

Pastor Jean O'Leary of the New Life Christian Fellowship in Fairhaven tells WBSM News, a prayer never hurts.

"I need a prayer, I'm a pastor. I need to know that I'm hearing the right things to do for the betterment of all people. Politicians need that too" said O'Leary.

Similar gatherings were held throughout the region including City Hall in New Bedford and Government Center in Fall River.