By Justina Paaga, GNA
14, GNA - Christians in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis attended church
services and embarked on processions to celebrate Palm Sunday, which marks the
triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem more than 2000 years ago.
also marks the end of the five-weeks Lenten period to begin the suffering and
passion of Jesus Christ.
Many of the
churches in the Metropolis were filled to capacity with the premises decorated
with palm fronds.
processed through some principal streets of Takoradi amidst brass band music,
waving their palm fronds and singing Hosanna.
At the Our Lady
Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral Church, Reverend Father Dominic Nelson
Tawiah, the main celebrate of the mass, in a sermon, called on Christians to
use the day to reflect on the passion and suffering of Christ to save humanity.
the importance of the Holy Cross to the Catholic Church, noting that it was on
the cross that Jesus Christ died to save mankind, and said they should,
therefore, not be shy to recognise the importance of the cross in their
He told the
parishioners not to behave like the Jews who welcomed Christ with palm branches
and only turned round to shout “crucify Him” because He did not meet their
said though the Jews saw the cross as a symbol of shame and suffering, the
crucifixion of Christ on the cross changed everything.
He said the
people of old thought Jesus was going to be a king on earth forgetting that His
kingdom was in heaven.
Fr Tawiah told
Christians that they were heaven-bound and live lives worthy of emulation,
which would send them to heaven, instead of depending on earthly things.
He urged all to
use the Passion Week to get closer to God so that the five weeks of Lent would
yield some fruits.
Fr Tawiah urged
them to use the holy week to reflect on their lives and make amends where they
had fallen short.
said for the church, nation and its leaders as well as for peace, unity and