Christians mark Palm Sunday, Monday March 29, 2010 (Spread)

CHRISTIANS all over the country yesterday joined their counterparts throughout the world to commemorate the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago.
Waving palm fronds, amidst singing and dancing, young and old Christians marched through the streets in their local communities to commemorate the day, popularly referred to as Palm Sunday.
For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday, often referred to as Passion Sunday, marks the beginning of the Holy Week which ends on Easter.
Albert K. Salia reports from the Martyrs of Uganda Catholic Church, Mamprobi, that the Parochial Vicar, Rev Fr Matthew Mensah, urged Christians to stand their ground and insist on the truth.
He said no matter the challenges that might come in the way of believers, it was important that they stood firm on their convictions.
Rev Fr Mensah cited the example of Jesus Christ, who did not pander to his accusers and Pilate and became victorious in the end.
Catechist Eugene Akuamoah Addo of the Adabraka Official Town Presby Church reminded Christians of the significance of the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem and His subsequent death to save mankind, reports Tei Adano.
He called on Christians to renew their faith in Christ and be more dedicated to his teachings.
He also urged the youth to follow the principles of Christ to build a better Ghana.
The General Overseer of the Open Heaven Ministry, Bishop Gershon Adzraku, called on Ghanaians to contribute their quota to national development, reports Seth J. Bokpe
Bishop Adzraku, who was the guest preacher at the Global Evangelical Church at Kotobabi in Accra, said Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was synonymous with what Christians could do to foster national unity and development.
“Without sacrifice, you cannot reap the benefit of any good thing,” he said, adding that just as Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was not without some form of opposition, anyone seeking progress was bound to face some form of opposition.
He observed that achieving success in a venture was not without obstacle and, therefore, urged Ghanaians to see challenges as opportunities waiting to be exploited.
At the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Adabraka, using the palm frond as an example, Rev Fr John Louis said the palm frond which had life and energy today would be lifeless later, reports Rebecca Kwei.
“The palm frond used to say hosanna today will later symbolise the ashes of Jesus’ death,” he said.
Relating it to human life, Fr Louis said, “No earthly glory, no earthly victory, position or power, youthfulness or beauty will last forever.”
He, therefore, called on Christians to seek first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and all other things would be added.
Fr Louis, who is the Cathedral Administrator, said when the palm frond was cut, it could not grow on its own, noting that as human beings, if “you are cut from the vine (Jesus), you can do nothing”.
He urged Christians to “stick to Jesus”.
The Head Pastor of the Abeka Community Chapel of the International Central Gospel Church, Rev Nene Dugbatey, speaking on the theme, “A cushite with rotten rags”, said Christians should learn to contribute their quota to the work of God, reports Gloria Kyeremeh .
He said it was not enough for Christians to be the children of God; they should also suffer for the things of God.
Rev Dugbatey, therefore, advised the church to make sacrifices for the things of God.

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