IRO: Pray for our nation
The Inter-Religious Organisation called on citizens to spend 15 minutes of their worship services to pray for an end to the escalating crime situation in the country.
"We are all witnessing the increase in crime and, in particular, murders in our beautiful Trinidad and Tobago. The criminal elements are now causing tremendous fear in our nation. The criminal and brutal attacks on all sections of the society, irrespective of age or geographic area is of concern," Pundit Harrypersad Maharaj, chairman of the group, said in a statement issued on Friday.
He said citizens at home, work, and within the community should offer a special prayer for the nation, and dedicate yesterday's Sunday service to the nation.
"Let us intensify our prayer as the criminal elements have definitely taken over this land," he said.
Maharaj said in a telephone interview yesterday that his request had been met with very positive response, with many people agreeing to his proposal.
At his own place of worship, the Raja Yoga Centre, Pointe-a-Pierre Road, San Fernando, Maharaj said about a hundred devotees participated in the call for prayer. While he couldn't say for sure if other institutions did the same, but was optimistic they had.
Maharaj said, "May God bless and protect this nation. May peace be to the departed souls. May the family of the departed souls receive our prayerful support. My meditation and prayer and good wishes are with you."