For those with a keen interest of archdiocesan history, we visited our archives for the Catholic News report on the first Independence Day 54 years ago.
On Friday, August 31st, after the lowering of the Union Jack and the unfurling of the Red, White and Black of Trinidad at the Red House grounds, His Grace (then Archbishop Ryan Finbar) was the first to be invited to the microphone in order to bless the new nation. The prayerful stillness of the early morning was broken by the amplified voice of the Archbishop who recited the following prayer:
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.