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Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:53 - Updated Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:53

Catholic faithful celebrate Palm Sunday

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Luanda – Thousands of Catholic faithful celebrated last Sunday the Palm Sunday festivity, which marks the triumphant entrance of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, a day which is also the start of the Holy Week.  

In the Eucharistic Mass, celebrated in Seminário Maior Church, dom Anastácio Cahango, assistant bishop of Luanda prayed to God so that peace and unity can be more and more a reality among the faithful.

The prelate stated that the death of Jesus Christ is the start of a new life and is a vitality source, so all christians should restore their faith in Jesus Christ, the merciful.

“The Holy Week, preparation for Easter, starts with the celebration of Palm Sunday, during which the people get palm tree leaves and branches to cover the floor where Jesus will pass through riding a donkey, with palm tree leaves in his hands”, explained the prelate.

After reading some biblical texts that illustrate the preparation for Easter, the death and resurrection of Christ, dom Anastácio declared the opening of the festivities of the Holy Week.

The Holy Week, just like Lent- forty days and nights of preparation and conversion to receive Jesus- is lived by the Catholic faithful with moments of reflection, fasting, penitence, charity and confession, to enable greater closeness with God before communion.