Friday 24 May, 2019

Jamaican female reverend at royal wedding inspires local clergy

Jamaican-born Rose Hudson-Wilkin (left) participated in the Royal Wedding on Saturday.

Jamaican-born Rose Hudson-Wilkin (left) participated in the Royal Wedding on Saturday.

A number of religious leaders from the island of Jamaica have taken time out to congratulate Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin on the role she has played at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Rev. Hudson-Wilkin, who hails from  Montego Bay, St James and who came to wider attention as the first black female to hold the role of Queen's chaplain, was placed on the programme at the royal event to lead prayers. The event was held at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom on Saturday.

She is the Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons.

The event was identified by some local religious leaders as another positive for a Jamaican living overseas, especially at an occasion that was watched by millions across the world.

The local leaders described the development as more than just a feel good moment.

Reverend Robert Thompson-Suffragan, Bishop of Kingston was one of the leaders who spoke to Loop News on the issue.

“For us it really is a wonderful thing, it was a good feel…, all people of African descent, black people, should feel good that the royal wedding belongs to all of us and I can identifiy with that,” said Thompson.

Well-known religious leader, Errol Rattray shared similar sentiments.

“The reverend Hudson has certainly been a person who continues to break down a lot of barriers and this moment was certainly another occasion that Jamaicans can be proud of,” said Rattray

The Bishop also said the act, even though some may argue it was just a feel good moment, helped to bring together religious leaders in Jamaica to speak about a development in which they all shared a common interest.

 “I just want to use this opportunity to congratulate the Reverend and it just goes to show that Jamaicans continue to do positive things all over the world, not just in athletics where we have Usain Bolt and music with Bob Marley but also in other sectors,” said well know pastor, Rattray.

“This is truly a special occasion, another case of a Jamaican holding their heads high,” said Bishop Aaron Cunningham, Vice president of the Spiritual Christian Revivalist Council.

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