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It is not surprising that many are not aware that today, Sunday, April 5 marks a significant event on the Christian calendar.


Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, recounts the biblical story of Jesus’ triumphant arrival in Jerusalem before his crucifixion, with palm leaves and clothing laid in his path.
It comes on the last Sunday of Lent and the first day of Holy Week. Before the deadly pandemic’s social distancing guidelines altered life across the world, Christians celebrated with processions and the distribution of palm leaves.

President Nana Akufo-Addo on March 15 ordered the closure of all schools and universities in Ghana as Ghana moved to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The president also ordered the suspension of all public gatherings for four weeks.

These public gatherings included conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious events such as services in churches and mosques.

As of yesterday April 4, checks by ABC News revealed that Churches are putting preparations in place to have virtual services for members in compliance with the president’s directive.

While most churches have resorted to live streaming on Facebook and youtube, others that can afford airtime on radio and television stations are doing so.

Some Christians ABC News spoke with said though they won’t have the opportunity to congregate in church arrangements have been made for them to follow online. According to them, though it is unfortunate, the development offers them the opportunity to have a feel of what the early Christians went through before most of them were martyred.

”I am sad I cannot go to Church today and celebrate Palm Sunday but I will follow online because of the Coronavirus. We don’t have an option. It is for our own good,” a Christian told ABC News.

”We are having a feel of the experience of the early Christians. Most of them were persecuted and sent to prison. They did not have the opportunity of going to the temple but they still worshiped God wherever they were. God is calling us to us to true worship which resides in us and not necessarily going to Church. It is important to go to Church but we can’t do so now because of the situation we find ourselves in,” another said.

For the first time in many years, this year’s Easter celebrations will be like none other. The joyous message of Christ’s resurrection will be delivered to empty pews but hopefully, it would get to the faithful through technology in their various homes.




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