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A view of St. Mary’s Anglican Church during yesterday’s National Thanksgiving Service to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the Accession of the Queen to the Throne.

 
   

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Barbados gives thanks

6/4/2012

Throughout the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, she has blended power and authority with a calm and gracious spirit.

“A blend that surely enhances her in the eyes of her subjects and in the eyes of the world; she has surely enlightened our understanding of Monarchy,” expressed the Most Reverend, Dr the Honourable John Holder, Archbishop of the West Indies, Primate and Metropolitan, the Bishop of Barbados, during a National Thanksgiving Service held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church yesterday to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the Accession of the Queen to the Throne.

Thanking All Mighty God for the reign, rule and life of Queen Elizabeth, the Archbishop said that the service was in the context of a tradition that closely connects the monarchy to religion, faith and indeed to God.

“As we reflect on the reign of her Majesty we come away with some positives of simply an institution and of a person who has represented it, for us, for the past 60 years. Whatever may be our understanding of Monarchy, this institution as it has been reflected in the reign of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11, points us to the best qualities with which the institution can be associated.”

Dr Holder also pointed out that the service was an invitation to reflect on leadership.

“There is still the need for leadership and guidance. Societies of all types and ages of the social and political spectrum have acknowledged this fact. It is expected that there is a need for leadership at all levels of life. There is a need to identify those who can guide and lead, especially in times of crisis. In spite of all our beliefs, in the power and guidance of God, there is still the need to invest a measure of hope in those called to leadership,” he stated.

During the service Royal Barbados Police Force Band led the choir and there were a number of prayers offered, including one written at the Queen’s direction for the Diamond Jubilee. (TL)

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