The Five Days of Prayer to Reconcile Ourselves, Our Families and Our Nation Back To God began today, December 8, 2008, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and will end on December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of the Americas. This is the 16th anniversary of the Five Days of Prayer, and the 20th anniversary of Our Lady first appearing in the Bedroom and the Field at Caritas in 1988. Since 1988 there have been over 140 apparitions in the Bedroom and the Field, the latest being the apparitions in July when the United States was consecrated to Our Lady in Her presence on July 4th, in the Field, by thousands gathered from all 50 states. These December days of prayer is the culmination of the seven novenas that were prayed each month, starting this past June. Both those who have never been here before, and those who return every year have gathered to pray to Our Lady for their families and the nation. It is a serious time of prayer, but also the days are filled with joy in seeing old friends and participating in the daily activities that have made these five days of prayer special to so many.