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Prayer processions, church services provide hope as drought continues march across western US

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    This April 19, 2013 photo shows Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church parishioners Albert Lucero, left, and Nick McGovern, center, leading a prayer procession for rain in Bernalillo, N.M. From the heart of New Mexico to West Texas and Oklahoma, the pressures of drought have resulted in a resurgence of faith from Christian preachers and Catholic priests encouraging prayer processions to American Indian tribes using their closely guarded traditions in an effort to coax Mother Nature to deliver some much needed rain. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan) (The Associated Press)

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    This April 19, 2013 photo shows Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church parishioner Orlando Lucero reciting the rosary during a prayer procession for rain in Bernalillo, N.M. From the heart of New Mexico to West Texas and Oklahoma, the pressures of drought have resulted in a resurgence of faith, from Christian preachers and Catholic priests encouraging prayer processions to American Indian tribes using their closely guarded traditions in an effort to coax Mother Nature to deliver some much needed rain. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan) (The Associated Press)

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    This April 19, 2013 photo shows Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church parishioner Nick McGovern holding a rosary during a prayer procession for rain in Bernalillo, N.M. From the heart of New Mexico to West Texas and Oklahoma, the pressures of drought have resulted in a resurgence of faith, from Christian preachers and Catholic priests encouraging prayer processions to American Indian tribes using their closely guarded traditions in an effort to coax Mother Nature to deliver some much needed rain. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan) (The Associated Press)

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    This April 19, 2013 photo shows Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church parishioners Nick McGovernor, left, and Orlando Lucero talking about the framed statue of San Ysidro, the patron saint of farmers, after a prayer procession for rain in Bernalillo, N.M. From the heart of New Mexico to West Texas and Oklahoma, the pressures of drought have resulted in a resurgence of faith, from Christian preachers and Catholic priests encouraging prayer processions to American Indian tribes using their closely guarded traditions in an effort to coax Mother Nature to deliver some much needed rain. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan) (The Associated Press)

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    This April 19, 2013 photo shows Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church parishioners Nick McGovern, left, and Albert Lucero holding an effigy of San Ysidro, the patron saint of farmers, during a prayer procession for rain in Bernalillo, N.M. From the heart of New Mexico to West Texas and Oklahoma, the pressures of drought have resulted in a resurgence of faith, from Christian preachers and Catholic priests encouraging prayer processions to American Indian tribes using their closely guarded traditions in an effort to coax Mother Nature to deliver some much needed rain. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan) (The Associated Press)

Congregations across eastern New Mexico and West Texas are planning a day of prayer for rain on Sunday.

It's a reaction to a relentless drought that afflicts much of the western U.S.

From the heart of New Mexico to West Texas and Oklahoma, the pressures of drought have resulted in a resurgence of faith — from Christian preachers to American Indian tribes using their traditions in an effort to coax Mother Nature to deliver some much needed rain.

The faithful gathered Wednesday night in Oklahoma City to recite a collection of Christian, Muslim and Jewish prayers for the year's first worship service dedicated to rain.

The drought has left farmland idle, herds of cattle have been decimated, the threat of wildfire has intensified and cities are thinking twice about the sustainability of their water supplies.

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