Hundreds Attend Jamaica55 Service of Praise

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  • Hundreds of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica gathered at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London, on July 29 for the Jamaica55 Independence Service of Praise and Thanksgiving, hosted by the Jamaican High Commission.
  • In a special message, read by High Commissioner, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness said the 55th anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the country’s journey over the years and the important contribution of Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora to the development of the country.
  • A special and well-received highlight of the service was the recitation of the National Pledge and the singing of the National Song, Jamaica Land of Beauty, by 55 third generation children ranging from three to 14 years.

Hundreds of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica gathered at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London, on July 29 for the Jamaica55 Independence Service of Praise and Thanksgiving, hosted by the Jamaican High Commission.

In a special message, read by High Commissioner, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness said the 55th anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the country’s journey over the years and the important contribution of Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora to the development of the country.

“This year, as Jamaica celebrates its milestone 55th anniversary of political Independence, under the theme, ‘Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad’, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect, as a nation, on our progressive journey over the years, our vision for the years ahead and the important contributions of our people both here at home and in the Diaspora to the development of our beloved island home,” he said.

He highlighted that Jamaica has been a powerhouse on the international scene and trailblazer in almost every field, producing internationally recognised Jamaicans in many areas, including music, sports, medicine, culture and academia.

He also noted that despite the many challenges over the years, Jamaica has made significant social and economic progress and is now pursuing strategic economic policies to firmly place it on a path of sustainable growth and development.

The Prime Minister also conveyed appreciation for the invaluable contribution of the Jamaican Diaspora to the development of the United Kingdom and in raising Jamaica’s profile overseas.

In his sermon, Bishop Llewellyn Graham of the Church of God of Prophesy said that Jamaica is well known for many things, including having the fastest man and the oldest person on earth.

He also noted that while Jamaica has made much progress since Independence and has produced many outstanding and renowned citizens, there are still challenges to overcome.

The service featured a Dance of Praise, readings from the Deputy Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Jan Prendergast, and Commonwealth Scholar, Mr. Gordon Brown.

The National Prayer of Thanksgiving was led by Danicka Reid, Miss Jamaica UK 2017, and Mr. Andre Coore, Chevening Scholar. Opera Singer Olive Murray delivered an inspiring rendition, while actress Dona Croll performed Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett’s Jamaica Elevate.

A special and well-received highlight of the service was the recitation of the National Pledge and the singing of the National Song, Jamaica Land of Beauty, by 55 third generation children ranging from three to 14 years.

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