“Jesus” has been banished from a prayer to open New Zealand’s parliamentary sessions.
The traditional prayer for decades has ended with “through Jesus Christ our Lord,” the Christian Post reported.
The Labour Party-led government proposed a new version of the prayer that leaves out Jesus and initiated a consultation process.
But Speaker Trevor Mallard used the prayer before the period of consultation ended.
The Christian Post said an even more radical proposed change to the prayer was rejected by members of the parliament that removed all religious references. (Read more from “‘Jesus’ Dropped From Official Prayer” HERE)