“The National Prayer Vigil is still relevant today as it was 27 years ago” Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has said. He was delivering Remarks at the Prayer Vigil which took place at the Coke Methodist Church, Morant Bay, St Thomas on Sunday, December 8.
Addressing the theme of the 2019 Vigil, “Justice, Peace and Unity” Sir Patrick highlighted the importance of peace and justice in propelling our nation forward. He admitted that these were gruelling times, but reminded the congregation of the constitution and the council of the Lord as safe havens.
The Governor-General emphasised the importance of the intercessory gathering, reiterating God’s response to Solomon’s prayer “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, search for me, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear their prayer from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their country.”
National Prayer Vigil Committee Chairman the Revd Roy Henry thanked The Governor -General for his support and said, “We are grateful for the support of His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen who has made it a point of duty to not only make note of the date for the Prayer Vigil in his diary, but to attend yearly”.
The National Prayer Vigil begun in 1992 under the Patronage of then Governor-General Sir Howard Cooke and was staged at King’s House. In subsequent years, the decision was taken to have each Parish actively involved and to share in the hosting responsibilities.