Government leaders' fasting, pray starts Sunday

By Adel Fruean 02 January 2022, 2:22PM

The Government of Samoa will launch its annual week of prayer and fasting on Sunday 2 January 2022 with the annual religious event becoming the first official programme for the new year. 

The week of fasting and prayer is set to herald the dawn of a new year and to seek God’s protection upon Samoa over the next 12 months.

The launching of the programme on Sunday evening will be held at Palisi at the Prayer House which will be attended by church leaders and Government officials. 

The church service will be led by the National Council of Churches (N.C.C.) in partnership with the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet (M.P.M.C.). 

Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa announced during her new year’s address that the programme will run for one week.

“I am happy to announce that our week of prayer and fasting will begin on Sunday, 2nd January until the 7th of January, 2022,” she said. 

“2022 will mark the 60th year since we became an independent State.

“It will also be a year for recovery, a year for inclusiveness and a year for resurgence. 

“It will be a time when we can gradually restore our daily lives, narrow disparities and recover the economy.”

Fiame said the Head of State’s Christmas message called for unity in prayer and supplication to the lord for Samoa.

“As a nation founded on God, there shall be no other way but through our unity in prayer, to seek divine guidance in our daily walk through life and what the future holds for us.

“When our perils are past – shall our gratitude go to sleep? Certainly not.”

She first announced that Cabinet has endorsed the annual prayer and fasting week from 2–7 January in a previous press conference. 

This year marks over 30 years since the Samoa Government initiated the annual week of prayers and fasting in order to request God’s protection upon Samoa as the country goes through the Cyclone season.

Samoa has been safe during the festive season with Christmas and New Year’s over and done without any cyclones affecting the country except for heavy rainfall.

By Adel Fruean 02 January 2022, 2:22PM

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