Amaka Chibuzor Okoye
Major roads and streets in Awka and environs today witnessed a surge of Christians of different denominations as they processed and marched to church with palm fronds to mark the Passion Sunday otherwise known as Palm Sunday.
The celebration commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem as King and the beginning of the events that led to his death and resurrection.
It is celebrated with shouts of joy and Hossana in the highest showing their recognition of Jesus Christ as King over all.
The masses and services started with the blessing of the palm fronds, sprinkling of holy water and procession round the streets and roads, reminding the faithful of the significance of this week’s event which are the joyous entrance into Jerusalem and the pain of his arrest, trial, and crucifixion.
Delivering a homily at the Chapel Of Divine Mercy, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital,Amaku Awka to mark the celebration, Reverend Father Justin Ezechukwu reminded parishioners that the mass the begins holy week in which they are expected to journey with Christ in all his passion and remain with him all through their lives.
Reverend Father Ezechukwu noted that Christ humbled himself through death and later came out victorious, stating that everyone should know that all they pass through are for their redemption and reconciliation.
At the Anglican Church Of The Holy Spirit, Awka, the vicar, Venerable Dr Rex Kanu noted that today is very significant in Christendom as it reminds Christians of the price Jesus paid through his passions to redeem mankind.
Dr Kanu called on Nigerians to ensure they have they follow the examples of Jesus Christ seen in his humble living, obedience and peace so as not to hurt their fellow human beings.
Also at Immanuel Anglican Church, Enugwu-Ukwu, the Archdeacon, Enugwu-Ukwu Archdeaconry, Venerable Chris Ogbodo who is the vicar of the church, maintained that Christ triumphal entry is a moment of humility and service which is a sign that Christ needs them to run his race here on earth so as to bring back souls and unite them with God.
Venerable Ogbodo maintained that for Christ to ask for the release of the cort used during his journey means that every obstacle or bondage that are holding his people captive have been canceled for them to enjoy life in its fullest while serving him a all their lives.