Churches empty as Kenyans celebrate palm Sunday at home

Written By: Hunja Macharia/Kamuche Menza

Roman Catholic faithful marked Palm Sunday in the confines of their homes as Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation televised the mass on Channel One Sunday morning.

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The mass held at the Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi and led by Bishop Philip Anyolo of Kisumu diocese was attended by less than 15 people due to the ban on public gathering following the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bishop Anyolo took the opportunity to urge Kenyans to seek divine intervention, and adhere to the Government’s directives in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The mass presided in any empty church was of major significance as being Palm Sunday, the Church would have been full to the brim.

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Bishops Anyolo giving Christians across the Country a message of hope even as he called on them to reflect on Christ’s goodness, and to seek forgiveness and remain humble.

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The situation was replicated at all saints cathedral where Provost Rev. Canon Sammy Wainana called on Kenyans to strengthen their relationship with God through prayers during these hard times.

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Palm Sunday is always celebrated by Christians to commemorate the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem while riding on a donkey before his crucifixion, this day usually involves Christians waving palm branches in processions, inside the churches but this Sunday only a few palm branches could be spotted in the church


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