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World Commonwealth Day at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul 

Update: 21 March 13

World Commonwealth Day at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul 

These photographs show scenes from the national observance of Commonwealth Day 2013 which was held last Monday in a very colourful ceremony in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. The Service was led by Reverend Canon Jenny Wilkens, Cathedral Priest in Charge, and Bishop Justin gave the Blessing.

Others present included the Governor General of New Zealand, the Chief Justice, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the British High Commissioner, Commonwealth High Commissioners, and Representatives of Government and Opposition. Messages were read from the Queen and the New Zealand Prime Minister. 

A combined choir made up from the Cathedral and Sacred Heart Cathedral choirs led the music, and a Sri Lankan dancer gave a beautiful performance of a traditional dance. In a very colourful procession, young people from local colleges carried the Commonwealth Flag and flags of Commonwealth nations. A further touch was given by representatives of Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Christian faiths who read prayers or statements appropriate to their faith.

With an emphasis on young people, the theme of this year's Commemoration was 'Opportunity through Enterprise'. Reflections were given by Chloe Oldfield, who represented New Zealand at the Fifth Commonwealth Youth Parliament in 2012, and Marly Doyle who with Bridget Nicholas is to assist the local community in Jinja, Uganda, in providing vocational skills and a 
  sustainable income. Throughout the Commemoration we heard of learning skills, seeking fresh challenges, and being entrepreneurs.
Those present learned of the new 'Commonwealth Charter', embodying shared values of peace, democracy, development, justice and human rights, and joined in an Act of Affirmation to the Commonwealth.

This is just one example of the way in which our Cathedral shares its hospitality with the unique community of the Capital City and Parliamentary Precinct. 

Page updated: 21 March 13

No reira waiho ko te aroha o Te Matua Kaha Rawa hei korowai mou.
May the love of Almighty God enfold you!