Bahai News -- Barbados Nation - Barbados Marks Commonwealth Day
Barbados Marks Commonwealth Day
Tuesday 11, March-2003
Fifty-four flags, representing all member countries of the Commonwealth, flew brightly and colourfully while dozens of uniformed
schoolchildren beamed with excitement.
Minister Owen Arthur leavingCalvary Moravian Church after the service held to celebrate Commonwealth Day.
A clergyman and a woman bedecked in beautiful black robes complemented another male priest robed in white.
The occasion was Commonwealth Day, observed yesterday with a multi-faith service at Calvary Moravian Church.
The congregation included Governor-General Sir Clifford Husbands, Prime Minister Owen Arthur, senior Government officials and members of
the diplomatic corps.
The colourful ceremony began with a 14-member, flag-bearing guard of honour mounted by the Barbados Defence Force.
At 9:30 a.m. when all were seated, a fanfare sounded, heralding the arrival of the Governor-General.
That officially started the service, and for the next hour, the congregation sang hymns, recited affirmations and heard readings from the
Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Baha’i and Jewish faiths. The Holy Books included The Bible and The Torah.
Students of St Winifred’s, led by teacher Michelle Cumberbatch, presented an anthem called One Sing, which gave way to a recital of the
National Pledge and the singing of the National Anthem.
Roman Catholic Vicar General, Father Clement Paul, preached the sermon while Sirlifford delivered the Queen’s message.
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