Marathon In Full Swing; Closing Event At 6 p.m.

On a windy spring evening, students, faculty and local volunteers kicked off the third annual New Testament Reading Marathon on the OBU campus Wednesday night. They are still at it today. Coinciding with the National Day of Prayer, the 24-hour scripture reading will continue throughout the day Thursday, concluding tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The continuous, public reading of the New Testament can be heard at the gazebo park adjacent to OBU's Stubblefield Chapel on University Street. According to organizers, nearly 300 volunteers will be involved in the readings. Portions of the scripture will be read in other languages. During the 2007 event, nine languages were spoken during the marathon. Closing ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. in Stubblefield Chapel. The event will feature a speaker from the Oklahoma National Day of Prayer organization. It also will include a concert by Sine Nomine, Shawnee's community choral group.

At noon today, the marathon will have a reading of the Psalms. Local churches have been invited to read a Psalm during the lunchtime segment.

"It's always exciting to have 300 volunteers lined up to read the New Testament," said Dr. John Nichols, coordinator of the marathon and associate professor of mathematics at OBU.