Christians mark Palm Sunday with processions

Children of Nungua North Presby Church singing as they parade on  the streets  with palm branches on  palm Sunday.Photo.Seth OsabukleCHURCH services were held the country yesterday to commemorate Palm Sunday.

As part of the celebration, the various congregations, went on processions holding palm fronds, admist brass band music to mark the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

Known as Passion Sunday, the day marked the beginning of the Holy Week as well as the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the saviour of mankind.

The Associate Priest of the St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Odorkor-Tipper, Accra Rev. Fr. Samuel Korkodi, admonished those in leadership positions to serve the people with humility, rather than promoting their selfish interests, reports Augustine Cobba- Biney.

He said most leaders had become self-centred to the detriment of the people they govern.

“Our leaders have become cosmetic,” he said in his sermon to mark the Passion Sunday.

Rev. Fr. Korkodi urged leaders to follow the unique leadership style of Jesus Christ who was humble and truthful to his followers.

“Jesus displayed a different kind of kingship by offering a humble service to the people. Our leaders must follow his example and avoid lording it over the people they govern,” he stressed.

Rev. Fr. Korkodi urged the congregation to allow the word of God to reflect in their lives and avoid negative tendencies during the period.

Francis Asamoah Tuffour reports that Parishioners of St, Paul Catholic Church, Kpehe, started the procession from opposite the Accra New Town Societe General Bank through some principal streets to the Church.

The members danced to brass band music amidst waving of palm branches signifying the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

The Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Ted Nelson-Adjakpey, admonished parishioners to remain firm in Christ.

He said as we enter the Holy week where Jesus would offer himself for the sake of mankind, Christians should have a deeper reflection of Christ Jesus who offered to die on the cross to save mankind”.

He said Christians should also reach out to those in need by assisting them as Christ did, besides, payer, fasting and alms-giving should be paramount during the week.

In a sermon at the Christ Anglican Church, University of Ghana Legon, Mr. Emmanuel Ofori-Bah, a lay-preacher, urged Christians to emulate the sacrifices of Christ by enduring challenges, especially in their marriages, reports James Addy.

“As married people and also those in relationships, we must learn from the selflessness and sacrifices of Jesus Christ”.

Mr. Ofori-Bah said, “Giving of oneself, is a powerful way of showing what kind of person you are”.

Palm-frond-waving members of the church, earlier went on a procession along some principal routes of the university, amid brass-band music and the singing of “Hosanna” songs.

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