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  • The Governor General said that the people of Jamaica offer their comfort and support to Mr. Mandela’s family, who are in deep grief over his passing.
  • He told participants in the Prayer Vigil that the people of Jamaica share the conviction that there are many aspects of national life that needed fixing.
  • The Governor General said leaders and citizens alike, must acknowledge where they have failed and seek God’s help to lead.

Governor General,  His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has extended condolences to the people of South Africa on the passing of their “legendary and loyal leader”, and one of the era’s greatest freedom fighters, former President, Nelson Mandela, who died on December 5.

Addressing thousands of participants at the Annual National Prayer Vigil, held at the Sharon Baptist Church in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth, on December 8, the Governor General said that the people of Jamaica offer their comfort and support to Mr. Mandela’s family, who are in deep grief over his passing.

“In addition to sending a letter to President Zuma of South Africa on Friday, I want to take this opportunity to publicly express our support, as we have always done, for the people of South Africa, who are mourning the loss of their legendary and loyal leader,” he said.

“We offer our comfort for his family who deeply grieve his passing. In tribute, I say, his life of faith and forgiveness is a model and an inspiration for all people around the world, especially leaders,” the Governor General added.

He told participants in the Prayer Vigil that the people of Jamaica share the conviction that there are many aspects of national life that needed fixing, which could not be fixed by mere human hands, but by the right hand of God.

“We are a country in need of prayer … and we must place our complete trust in the God who is unwavering in His promise to His people. We have the recipe for the transformation which Jamaica needs.  The church in Jamaica is called to humble ourselves, because it is the church which must lead, not only the change, but the charge and lead the nation to prayer, including in our homes, in our places of business and in our educational institutions,” the Governor General said.

“It is the church which must first demonstrate the repentance that we have experienced and seek God’s forgiveness. The answer to our prayers for Jamaica’s healing and transformation, demands faithfulness from the church and in this, every Christian shares the responsibility,” he asserted.

The Governor General said leaders and citizens alike, must acknowledge where they have failed and seek God’s help to lead and live in accordance to His will, and the church must be the example for justice, unity, peace and healing.

He  argued that the prayer vigils and intercessory moments are necessary and are designed to equip leaders and citizens alike to care for their neighbours, the poor, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.

“These intercessory moments must equip us to stand up for what is right regardless of the cost, to seek peace and pursue it in all our relations, whether in our families or across the wider society,” the Governor General said.

Also attending the vigil were Lady Allen, and members of the clergy.