Local community members gathered on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn for prayer in honor of Thursday's National Day of Prayer.
The commemoration began in 1952, when President Harry Truman signed a proclamation making it the first Thursday in May.
Penny Hudson, local coordinator of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, says local people of faith have been coming to the courthouse lawn to observe the day for more than 20 years.
"We just ask to be able to come together and see people gather and have these small groups and know that they are praying, and that we can see God move in on our city and in our area and in our lives," said Hudson.
While others were engaging in prayer, a handful of Billings locals stood by peacefully protesting.
"There are people who are not religious, who do not believe in Christianity, and that this is our country too," said Ralph Scott, a protester.