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Palm Sunday celebrations

02 April 2012, 11:14 Dennis Omido Ochande

Catholic faithful across the world celebrated Palm Sunday in commemoration of Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem.

The celebrations fall on the Sunday before Easter and are marked by distribution of palm leaves, tied into crosses to the assembled worshipers.

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At St. Peter Clavers’ Church in Nairobi, worshippers struggled to get the leaves that were being sold at KES 10 each for the celebration from a few sellers at the church. However, the business was abruptly stopped by the City Council Askaris who arrested the sellers, claiming that they were trading at a prohibited area.

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This left some worshippers with nothing to symbolize the celebrations.

Peter Mwaura, an usher at the church however said that, because of the scarcity, willow or other native trees could substitute the palm leaves.

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The leaves were blessed outside the church building with holy water by the priest before they entered into the church for a holy mass. “The palms are usually saved to be burned the following year as the source of ashes used in Ash Wednesday services among the Catholic community,” Mwaura said.

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Absent in the celebrations was a donkey that Jesus rode on during that time. Jane Wasike, a worshipper at the church said, “This is just an imitation of what happened, we can not make it a real event because we will need to have Jesus!” Mwaura said that, there will be celebrations on Friday called “Way to Cross” which reminds them of what Christ went through before his crucifixion. They will walk from Pangani to St.
Peter Claver’s.

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