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Christians Forced To Celebrate Palm Sunday Indoors Amid The CoronaVirus Pandemic


 For the third Sunday in a row, Christians not only in Kenya but globally were forced to celebrate the services online as the country puts in strict measures to control the spread of the coronavirus which is now a global pandemic.

Unlike other Palm Sundays, the services yesterday was low key for Christians as the practice of the processional walk with palm tree leaves failed to take place as most Kenyans were confined in their homes.

At the Holy Family Basilica, Cardinal John Njue together with Chair Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops led a special mass where they urged Kenyans to adhere to the government guidelines of observing social distance and washing hands using soap.

“The church stands in solidarity with those already suffering, infected, affected and those in isolation, the church brings ton you all a reassurance spiritual voice of hope for a better tomorrow,” said Chairman Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Phillip Anyolo.

Anyolo also urged Kenyans to be united together during this period saying it is through unity that the country will be in a position to defeat the corona pandemic.

The service at Holy Family basilica which began at exactly 9:00 was broadcasted live for all Kenyans to catch it live at the comfort of their homes.

 Only a few devotees were allowed at the church mainly the clergy as the enhanced stay at home order remained effective due to the COVID-19 threat.

For millions worldwide especially Catholics, Palm Sunday is a special day of ritual, prayer, and a song that crystallizes the hope that this is the Holy week.

 The fete marks the beginning of a crucial period in the Catholic calendar. it is usually the last Sunday in the period of lent

Since the Corona pandemic began, churches have come up with innovative ways of connecting with their congregation.

 For instance, Bishop Mark Kariuki of Deliverance Church has a platform in facebook where he has been sharing with Kenyans different ways of staying safe during this period.

“ Fellow Kenyans don’t be reckless, follow what the government of the day is telling you. We are going through a difficult period but I believe we will conquer, “said Bishop Kariuki in one of his face book live sessions.

Bishop Samuel Ciuga of the Apostolic Faith Church Kenya also urged Kenyans to be obedient during this time saying that things at the end.

“ It is good to rest at home that to “ Rest in Peace”. It is also good to keep 6 feet Social distance than 6 feet down the grave. Kindly let us comply for this season,” appealed Bishop Ciuga.

 

 

 

  

 

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