Basseterre, St. Kitts, Friday, March 25th, 2016 – Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris and his Cabinet motioned to suspend the National Assembly at five minutes before 12:00pm on Wednesday, in order to attend an ecumenical prayer service at Independence Square before reconvening at 2:00pm.
“We demonstrated, by suspending Parliament to come here, that worship, that the Christian faith and the ability of our people to praise God, to acknowledge His supremacy, comes first in the lives of our people and once we put that first then everything else will fall into place,” Prime Minister Harris said. “I am happy that we were, as a team, able to demonstrate that. All the Ministers of Cabinet and the Deputy Speaker came. The country, by the suspension, took note of the reason and would also appreciate that we are doing all in our power to build a more wholesome country,” the Prime Minister added.
The service was part of the Season of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance organized by the St. Kitts Christian Council and the St. Kitts Evangelical Association under the theme “Righteousness Exalteth a Nation…” from Proverbs 14:34. The Season was launched on Sunday, February 7th, two weeks after members of the Christian Council and the Evangelical Association met with the Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs, Premier of Nevis Honourable Vance Amory at Government Headquarters.
During the Monday, January 25th meeting with the Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs in the Government of National Unity, the Church leaders commended the call made by Prime Minister Harris in his 2016 New Year’s Address to have a National Week of Prayer.
“In my New Year’s Address, I did call for a Week of Prayer. I am happy that the churches did better than that and embarked the country on what they called a Season of Prayer, of Repentance, etc.,” the Prime Minister said.
After the prayer service, Archdeacon Emeritus of the St. George’s Anglican Church, Valentine Hodge who is the Vice Chairman of the St. Kitts Christian Council said “it was quite a joy” to have the full cadre of Government Ministers in attendance.
“Indeed, I was very happy to know that the Prime Minister and his Cabinet could be here. On a day when they were actually meeting in the House of Assembly, that they could break and then come and be with us and be with God and have the fellowship and have prayer time, I think it says a lot for the Government and for the nation as a whole,” he added.