The service, which brings all the main churches together, is a biannual tradition in the Cook Islands, and focuses on seeking God’s protection during the tropical cyclone season. Another thanksgiving service is held at the end of the season.
“With it being November, the start of the cyclone season, we were praying for protection for the Cook Islands from natural disasters,” said Bishop Paul Donoghue of the Catholic Church.
The Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters was in attendance, as well as government members. Deputy prime minister Teariki Heather gave an address on behalf of prime minister Henry Puna, who left for a conference in Germany on Friday.
Each religion in attendance was given a particular theme to pray for.
The Seventh Day Adventists chose to pray for the protection of the Pa Enua Tokerau, while the Catholics prayed for protection for the Pa Enua Tonga.
Members of the Cook Islands Christian Church prayed for the government and the parliamentarians, and were followed by the Latter Day Saints, who prayed for the Ui Ariki and the traditional leaders.
The Apostolic church chose the theme of praying for the growth of Christianity, both on the islands and around the world, while the Assembly of God concluded the service by praying for protection against all negative spiritual invasions upon the Cook Islands people.
Last year’s service was hailed as a success by members of the Religious Advisory Council after there were no cyclones in the Cook Islands.