The Christian gathering demanded to restore the ‘Jesus Christ’ name in the Parliamentary prayer at the beginning of the day.
Last year, the word Jesus and Queen Elizabeth II were removed from the Te Reo karakia (prayer) but Speaker of Parliament Trevor Mallard is considering the change in the prayer again.
Jesus of New Zealand church delegation met the Speaker Mallard in this regard last year and he ensured them that he will consider this matter in the winter holidays and no change in the prayer is finalized yet. It is postponed till the commencement ceremony of the Parliament on Tuesday January 30.
The church made a call to the people of New Zealand at the Parliament House on January 30 from 12 to 1.30pm for prayer. Spokesman Pastor Ross Smith of Celebration at Wellington told that the gathering of Christians at Parliament is a movement since they do not want change in the prayer and want to restore the word ‘Jesus Christ’ in the prayer of Parliament.
Pastor Rasik Ranchord of Abundant Life Church said that prayer at the Parliament is the first prayer of the day which they begin with the name of Jesus Christ. Instead of the deletion of the words they want to reestablish this word in the prayer.
Pastor Merita Lau Young of Hosanna World Outreach Centre said that it is the best time to teach others that “Jesus is alive and well in our life and the community, Parliament and our nation Aotearoa need to know that.”