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Thanksgiving Service for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
By Regina Selman Moore
Barbados will be commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of the Accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the throne, with a National Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, June 3.
Minister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, made the announcement yesterday, during a media briefing held in the conference room of the National HIV/AIDS Commission located on the second floor of the Warrens Complex.
“We’ve had a number of activities already to note and to celebrate that activity. In May 2012, we also agreed at the level of Cabinet, that this historic event should be celebrated with a National Thanksgiving Service, to be held on Sunday June 3, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Church, Cheapside, Bridgetown,” the Minister remarked.
“The church service will be ecumenical in nature and it will proceed the Beacon Lighting Ceremony which will be held on June 4 at the Garrison Savannah,” he also stated.
“With respect to the church service, the officiating clergy, the Right Reverend Frank Marshall, Dean of the St. Michael’s Cathedral will be the chief celebrant and will chair the thanksgiving service.
“The sermon will be given by The Most Reverend Dr. The Honourable John Holder, Archbishop of the West Indies and also Bishop of Barbados. The benediction and the blessing will be administered by The Most Reverend Dr. John Holder as well,” he also revealed.
Outlining the order of service, Minister Lashley remarked that prayers will be offered during the service for penitence, for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and also for all God’s people. He also noted that a prayer written at the Queen’s direction by the Chapter of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London for the Diamond Jubilee, will also be said as well.
A wide cross-section of the community will also be involved in the service, which will comprise a musical selection by the National Mass Choir, a Steel Pan presentation, a scripture reading by the chairperson of the Barbados Chapter of the Royal Commonwealth Society and prayers will also be said by representatives of the Barbados Boys Scouts and Girl Guides.
There will also be the presentation of the national flags of both Britain and Barbados by the Scouts, Guides and Cadet Corp and the Royal Barbados Police Force Band will provide musical support throughout the service. Other uniformed youth groups such as the Pathfinders and the Barbados Youth Service will also have a part to play.
A number of dignitaries inclusive of His Excellency Elliott Belgrave, Governor General of Barbados and The Honourable Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister, will also be present.
The Ministry of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth is responsible for planning the event, while a clergy sub-committee, comprising representatives of the Barbados Christian Council and the Barbados Evangelical Association, will assist with the format of service.
The general public is invited. However, patrons must be in seated or in their designated places by 3:30 p.m.