Virtual prayers by churches mark Palm Sunday

Clay Curtis
April 7, 2020

Palm Sunday falls on the Sunday before Easter.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis marked Palm Sunday in an empty St. Peter's Basilica, urging people living through the pandemic not to be so concerned with what they lack but how they can ease the suffering of others.

Sunday was celebrated as Palm Sunday to celebrate the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, who rode on a donkey when a large number of people placed palm branches on the road to give him a rousing welcome.

Though numerous churches visited by the Ghana News Agency were closed and filled with empty pews, the joyous message of Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem were delivered through radio, television and social media to members.

For the third consecutive Sunday, devout Christians across the twin cities and the State were glued to the social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube to hear the holy message from the respective preachers in view of the lockdown.

Holy Monday is traditionally observed with the holding of the three-day "pabasa", particularly in the provinces where it has remained a common Holy Week observance.

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Annama John Benedict (left) and Father Claurence Motoyou.

A CATHOLIC devotee holds "palaspas" while waiting for a priest's blessing during Palm Sunday in Quezon City.

The Archdioceses of Toronto says that its Holy Week services typically attract "hundreds of thousands" of parishioners but this year churches are shuttered in compliance with a provincial order prohibiting organized gatherings of more than five people, forcing church leaders to get creative to find ways to still deliver the services.

During the Holy Week, a weeklong celebration is normally observed by Christians which ends on Easter.

Pence said that many medical workers were serving above and beyond the call of duty, in some cases supplementing as family members to their patients, as they were prevented from visiting.

"Even though I am unable to go to church, I was able to view the online streaming of the Palm Sunday Mass by Bishop Bernard", she said.

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