September 1, 2008

Ethiopian Orthodox Church to take part in National Day of Prayer

Thursday August 28 2008
by Denesha Whyte

Visiting Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Archdiocese of the Caribbean and Latin America, Abba Thaddeus, along with other members of his delegation will be participating in the National Day of Prayer next Monday.

The arrival of his delegation yesterday marked the opening of a few days of spiritual activities being held by the St. Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Antigua.
The national day of prayer, which will also be a half day public holiday, is being used as a weapon in the nation’s fight against the current crime situation.
On Monday, individuals are asked to have personal prayer and fast sessions from 6 a.m.-9 a. m and once again from 9a.m.-12 noon. Various churches will be having services during the day and at 3 p.m. an ecumenical service will be held at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG).
The government was persuaded to declare this national holiday through the joint efforts of the United Evangelical Association, Antigua Christian Council, the Association of Independent Churches of Antigua and Barbuda, Baptist Churches, Seventh-day Adventist Churches, National Intercessory Network, Women Against Rape and other similar groups.
During Cabinet deliberations on 19 Aug., the idea received consideration and PM Baldwin Spencer announced the acceptance of the proposal during a press conference at his office last Thursday.

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