Independence Day Evensong at Westminster Abbey
THE OFFICIAL UK celebrations of Barbados’ 52nd anniversary of Independence started Friday, November 30, with Evensong at Westminster Abbey, where the National Flag blew in the wind.
Among the congregation of tourists and visitors was a large group of Barbadians, who were greeted with a surprise appearance by Acting High Commissioner to London Rev. Charles Morris, the substantive Deputy High Commissioner, who had arrived only two days prior to the occasion.
Each year, the high commissioners of the Commonwealth countries are invited to Evensong on or close to their national day.
This service follows the traditional pattern in The
Book Of Common Prayer and consists of choral music (psalms, canticles, and anthems) from the rich Anglican musical tradition, along with scripture readings and prayers. (TR)
SOME OF THE CONGREGATION on the steps of Westminster Abbey with Deputy High Commissioner Rev. Charles Morris and Laurel Hunt centre.