Prayers for Barbados at national church service

Religious leaders, politicians, members of the public service, schoolchildren and people from all walks of life gathered this morning at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, Wildey, St Michael, for the 2022 National Independence Thanksgiving Service.

The near two-hour multi-denominational service was the first since Barbados became a republic last year.

Anglican Archdeacon Eric Lynch was the officiant, while Chairman of the Barbados Christian Council, Reverend Dr Cicely Athill-Horsford, delivered the sermon.

President The Most Honourable Dame Sandra Mason (centre) flanked by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley (left) and Chief Justice Sir Patterson Cheltenham. (Picture by Jameel Springer)

The proceedings began with the arrival of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and Chief Justice Sir Patterson Cheltenham, followed soon after by President The Most Honourable Dame Sandra Mason. Members of the Seventh Day Adventist Pathfinders brought in the National Flag before a brief rendition of the National Anthem.

Students from St Winifred’s School among the congregation. (Picture by Jameel Springer)

The ceremony included a libation and Juba by the Orisha; a liturgical dance by the Barbados Dance Theatre Company’s junior corps, a reading from the Holy Qur’an, scripture readings from the Bible and prayers for Barbados, life and health, the elderly and youth.

Of special note was the Barbados Police Service Band, which not only provided musical accompaniment but also performed vocals, with a stirring rendition of The Goodness of God as well as a musical medley. (CA)



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