Group holds prayer vigil at Ten Commandments monument
A group made up of metro area residents and individuals from other states held a brief prayer vigil Saturday at the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the State Capitol.
The Rev. Paul Maxson said he traveled from California to lead the prayer gathering which drew about 40 people.
Maxson said the prayer vigil was part of his campaign called "#JesusMatters" and many of the people who showed up at the capitol Saturday were responding to his recent YouTube sermon (as MinisterPaul) about planning to visit Oklahoma. The group included people from Texas, Maine, Arizona, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut and Maryland.
He said the group wanted to show support for the Ten Commandments monument particularly after learning that the Oklahoma Supreme Court had ruled that it must be removed from the capitol grounds.
"This is just us saying we love God's commandments and we're here to pray with the state of Oklahoma," Maxson said.
"God told me to come here and take a stand. No matter what man thinks, It's what God thinks."
After praying at the monument, the group walked around the capitol building, sometimes singing songs like "Glory Glory Hallelujah." Maxson said they planned to walk around the building seven times. Most of the vigil participants held signs with Scriptures and slogans like "Repent -- Jesus Loves You," "God will open doors no man will shut" and "Repent -- God's wrath is upon us."
Kathy and David Curran of Edmond said they came to the vigil to offer their prayers for the state and the nation. Kathy Curran said she learned that someone was flying in from another state to hold the prayer vigil and thought it would be good to support the faith effort.
"We came to pray, not to protest but to pray," she said.
Another participant, a woman who wanted to be known only as "Rachel," said she came from Connecticut because she wanted to pray for Oklahoma with a group of like-minded Christians.
"I feel like God wants to tell America something," she said. "We're definitely on borrowed time."