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Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke, today (Dec.7) expressed the view that the country will recover from the adverse effects of crime and violence through the grace of God and with the continued prayers and efforts of all well-thinking Jamaicans.
“Despite what is happening now I see the vision of recovery, I see that we are reaching out .so that the nation will be blessed,” Sir Howard stated, as he addressed a press briefing at King’s House to launch the 2005 National Prayer Vigil, which will be held on December 11 at the Claude Stuart Park in Port Maria, St. Mary.
Addressing the gathering of representatives of the church, the Governor General said the country must come together from time to time to acknowledge that God has been good to Jamaica.
“When we go to pray at the vigil, we will be inviting all people, who love God, whatever the denomination, to be with us,” Sir Howard said, while urging all Jamaicans, who could not attend the vigil, to join the country in prayer between 9:00 p.m. and midnight on the day.
While the park has a capacity for 4,500 persons, only 1,400 seats will be provided.Event Coordinator, Garfield Silvera, assured that all the preparations had been made and were now being fine-tuned.
Providing an overview of the annual vigil, Rev. Dr. Roy Henry, Chairman of the National Prayer Vigil Committee, explained that the event begun some 13 years out of concern about the general state of the nation. Church leaders and other stakeholders felt the situation warranted prayers at the national level and had acted accordingly.
He noted that the first vigil, which was held at King’s House, had been very successful and subsequently a meeting was held, following positive feedback from the public, and it was decided to make the vigil a national event.
“The impact was so great that Jamaicans expressed thanks for the experience and how they saw this as a means of bringing a consciousness of divine intervention in national issues,” Dr. Henry said.The organizers also decided to host the vigil, not just in Kingston, but in other parishes, through the ministers’ fraternal. The last vigil was held in Hanover.
The vigil, apart from its spiritual purposes, also seeks to identify a national project, which addresses a need. As such, the committee is seeking to raise funds to purchase a Renotran machine for the Kingston Public Hospital’s Renal Unit. Some $300,000 has already been raised to buy the equipment, which costs $1.4 million.
In the host parish, the committee is also making efforts to assist a health clinic in Port Maria as well as to aid a young girl with an illness, which requires surgery overseas.