Hosanna Hosanna to the Son of David!
Christians of the mainstream churches in Buea have today April 14th, 2019 joined other Christians in Cameroon and beyond to celebrate Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday which is also known as Passion Sunday is a Christian feast that falls on the sixth Sunday of lent and the Sunday before Easter .It is believed to be the day Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey.
As Jesus ascended towards Jerusalem, a large multitude which considered him their Messiah gathered around him, some spread their cloaks around him while others cut branches from trees and spread them on the road shouting Hosanna to the Son of David! This was a treatment reserved only for royalty. The crowd’s action along the road gave rise to the name Palm Sunday. The feast of Palm Sunday is celebrated yearly in most Christian churches; the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox.
At the St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Parish in Molyko, an overwhelming number of Christians came out in their thousands with their palm branches of different shapes and decorations to celebrate the day.
The event began with the blessing of the palms at the parish compound, followed by a procession into the Parish chapel where Holy mass was celebrated.
Drawing inspiration from the readings Isaiah 50:4-5 and Philippians 2:6-11 and the Gospel of Luke 23:1-49, the Celebrant, Rev Fr. Emile called on the Christians to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, turn away from their sins and reconcile with their Savior. He also urged the Christians to avoid vices which could jeopardize their relationship with God especially during this holy period.
Many have always wondered why the people that sang hosanna to the Son of David were the same people who shouted crucify him! crucify him! on Good Friday.
In his sermon, the celebrant stated that this was as a result of the expectations the people had from Jesus and when he could not meet these expectations, they asked that he should be crucified, forgetting that the expectations of God were different from theirs. He likened the situation to what happens daily among us as a people.
For example, when a soon to be couple is about to get married, they may even worship the ground that their partners walk on but when they get into the marriage and their expectations are not met, the next thing they do is to crucify each other; not literally of course.
The event was graced by different choirs in the Parish including The Cadets of Mary, Young Christian Workers (YCW) and The Sacred Heart Men’s choir.
The mass which also saw the presentation of newly baptized infants and the newly elected executives of the Parish Youth Council ended with chants of Hosanna to the Son of David!
The blessed palm branches will be taken by the Christians and placed in their different homes. If you are guessing that this is supposed to serve as a protection from anything, then you are wrong. Far from that, it is going to serve as a sign of remembrance of the fact that Jesus Christ is their King and also a remembrance of the suffering that Jesus went through before his death. And as such, they have to portray the image of Christ in everything they do.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy week. During this week, Christians are expected to improve on their relationship with God by Praying more, helping those in need and staying away from sin.
High points during this week will include Holy Thursday, the day Jesus had the last supper with his apostles, Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified and Holy Saturday, which is Easter night and this will lead to Easter Sunday, the day Jesus rose from the death.