National Day of Prayer, Reflection and Thanksgiving in Montserrat in 2020

National Day of Prayer, Reflection and Thanksgiving in Montserrat in 2020
2009 ash and steam plume, Soufrière Hills Volcano. Image via NASA

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2020 Montserrat Wed, Jul 15 Public Holiday
  Summary
Commemorating 25 years since the Soufrière Hills Volcano became active.

About the National Day of Prayer, Reflection and Thanksgiving

Wednesday July 15th 2020 has been declared a public holiday on Montserrat, in observance of 25 years since the start of volcanic activity that decimated this Caribbean island.

The day will be observed as a National Day of Prayer, Reflection and Thanksgiving, under the theme ‘25 Years on, we are still here’. The National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving service will be held at 5p.m. at the Look Out Catholic Church. The order of service and other details will be published at a later date.

The Ministry of Ecclesiastic Affairs said Churches will open for prayer from 5a.m. to 6a.m. and will remain open for visits all day. Additionally, Radio Montserrat (ZJB) is scheduled to host a prayer by a different Pastor every hour from 7a.m. to 3p.m.

The proclamation declaring Wednesday July 15th a public holiday was signed by His Excellency, Governor Andrew Pearce on June 30th 2020, on the advice of the Cabinet.

The Soufrière Hills Volcano on the southern side of the island became active on Tuesday July 18th 1995. The first explosion occurred in August 1995, and the period of activity lasted until 1999. In 1997, the explosion blanketed Plymouth, the capital of Montserrat, in a thick layer of ash and darkened the sky almost completely. Plymouth had been evacuated in 1995, though a large eruption in June 1997 resulted in the deaths of nineteen people. The island's airport was directly in the path of the main pyroclastic flow and was completely destroyed. Montserrat's tourist industry was devastated. The volcano is still active, though the current level of activity is low.

Did you know?

Plymouth, Montserrat remains the de jure (in law) capital and as such, it is the only capital city in the world with a population of zero. Brades is the de facto (in effect) capital.

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