Sunday March 27 2016

Christians celebrate Easter today

Msgr Gerald Kalumba leads the Way of the Cross

Msgr Gerald Kalumba leads the Way of the Cross procession to Nakivubo Stadium in Kampala on Friday. PHOTO BY RACHEAL AJWANG.  


Kampala- Uganda today joins the rest of the Christian world to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Christian society got into holiday mood beginning Good Friday, which was marked by the Way of the Cross celebrations, a ceremony that saw Christians from different churches hold joint prayers at Nakivubo stadium in Kampala.

In his Easter Holiday message, Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali asked Christians not to be enemies and emulate Jesus because he died on the cross for our sins .

“Let’s stop talking about the past and look at the future. Let each of us as individuals ask what we have done for the country and stop accusing each other so that we can make Uganda a peaceful place,” Archbishop Ntagali said.

The day is marked by church services conducted on Easter Sunday in most of the main churches, although some Christians go for the night prayers, hours to the holy day.

In all the main churches, Mass and services are expected to be filled with flowers to represent new life and the end of Lent, which means the end of some people’s fasting.

Marked by activities including merry-making, Easter Sunday is a festival and holiday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by Romans at Calvary.
How the day is marked

A lot of Churches start the Easter Sunday celebrations at midnight on Easter eve. Candles are used in churches all over the world to start the Easter Day midnight celebrations. Candles help Christians to remember that Jesus is the light of the world and that when he rose to life on Easter day, he got rid of the darkness of evil.

In some churches, Mass and service starts in darkness. Then 12 candles are lit and these are taken around the rest of the church lighting the other candles. When a candle is lit, the priest says “Christ is Risen!” and the congregation respond “He is Risen Indeed!”.