MonsignoR Kizito Mhembere yesterday led hundreds of Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish worshippers in a march to celebrate Palm Sunday in Harare.
The procession, led by priests, which is also known as Passion Sunday, saw worshippers march along Herbert Chitepo Avenue and Sam Nujoma Street, while waving palm branches as part of the celebration to mark the beginning of Easter. In an interview, one of the priests, Father Joseph Dandiro, said during Palm Sunday, Catholics celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.
“Jesus entered Jerusalem as king and liberator of humanity. It is about the agony Jesus went through before he met his death.
“Palm Sunday, often referred to as Passion Sunday, marks the beginning of the holy week as Jesus begins his journey to the cross, which ends on Easter Sunday.
“This day is important, as you can see Christians waving palm branches the same way the crowds greeted Jesus when he entered Jerusalem by waving palm branches and covering his path with palm branches,” he said.
Father Dandiro added that the day was also meant to celebrate the life of Jesus.
“We are also celebrating his leadership because Jesus was Lord and King sent by God which many did not understand as they took him for the son of Joseph and Mary,” he said.
A girl who was part of the procession said she had no idea what the day symbolised but was merely following her mother’s instructions to attend church.