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Christians mark Palm Sunday with processions

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Rev. Fr. Henry Kwasu (right), blessing Catholic faithful and their palms, during the Palm Sunday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gwagwalada in Abuja… yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Many churches with their congregation stepped out on the streets of Lagos yesterday to celebrate Palm Sunday, which usually occurs a week before Easter celebrations. They were seen in processions in parts of the state waving palm fronds and singing.

At Jubilee Christian Centre, a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), located in Surulere, children, in celebrating, paraded the streets of Aguda with palm fronds, with one of them sitting on a donkey.

Pastor David Olorunishola said: “This is mainly about the grand entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, but sometimes some people relate it to the position of God in our lives. Many people go round with palm fronds today because palm fronds were used when Jesus was entering Jerusalem.”

The Senior Pastor of Praise Arena, Kingdom Light Christian Centre, Pastor Jummy Adetoyese-Olagunju, charged the Federal Government to put in place institutional mechanisms that will help in enforcing moral ethics and selfless service across public and private sector in the country as part of the lesson to be learnt from the Easter celebrations.

Adetoyese said this ahead of the church’s Special Praise Night holding on Friday in commemoration of the Easter Celebration at Le-Real Hotel, VGC, Lagos. According to him, the right value system will produce a good society and awful value system allowed to fester will ultimately breed an unsustainable society.

He bemoaned the spate of inequality, corruption, nepotism and inequity, and all forms of criminality that has eaten deep into the moral fabrics of Nigerians, which according to him can only be addressed when we promote and institutionalize the right value system that everyone can key into. He added that this would be a panacea to government’s desire for a better society and fight against corruption.

He asserted that the Easter celebration will continue to be a mere rituals and jamboree and the lessons from Jesus selfless sacrifice on the cross of Calvary to save mankind from sin will be lost if we do not exemplify the values of sacrifice, love and honesty that Jesus truly represent.

“Jesus Christ, though sinless gave up himself and position to save mankind from the impeding doom and eternal debt that man owed because of sin and disobedient to God’s commands. Jesus is the essence of Easter because he paid the price and sacrifice so that the whole mankind would experience salvation, which comes with peace, unconditional love, forbearance in the heart.”


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