Christians Across The World Celebrate Palm Sunday

Christians in Nigeria and across the world have gathered in celebration of the Palm Sunday, marking the final Sunday in the Lenten season and the start of the Christian holy week.

The holy week is the week leading to Easter and is held in remembrance of Jesus’ time in Jerusalem, before he died and was resurrected.

The Palm Sunday is also in remembrance of the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem in triumph, riding on the back of a donkey.

It is a solemn day where Christians pay their respects to their savior and reflect on the sacrifices he made.

Meanwhile, a blast has taken place outside a church in northern Egypt, leaving at least two people dead.

The explosion occurred hours after a separate blast which killed at least 25 people during a Palm Sunday service in the Nile Delta.

As gathered from Reuters, the Nile Delta explosion comes as Islamic State’s branch in Egypt appears to be stepping up attacks on Christians and threatening them in messages blasted out to followers.

Jonathan Holds Breakfast Meeting With CAN

jonathanIn the spirit of Easter and the Lenten season, President Goodluck Jonathan held a breakfast meeting with members of the Abuja branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in his residence.

The breakfast meeting started with a prayer session led by the Chairman of the association, Reverend Israel Akanji.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the breakfast session, Rev Akanji said that the organized breakfast had been a tradition, describing this as a special one as it comes immediately after Nigeria’s presidential elections.

He also reacted to President Jonathan’s widely celebrated concession of defeat to General Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election, particularly his phone call to congratulate the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate ahead of INEC’s official declaration.

Rev Akanji said that what President Jonathan had done was great, adding that whoever makes a sacrifice for the good of others will be elevated in due time.

The Reverend also described as heroic, the courage of  President Goodluck Jonathan, who accepted the verdict of the election. He described the President’s action as sacrificial.

Ash Wednesday: Christians Called To Show Love As Lenten Season Begins

Nigeria Ash WednesdayChristians in the country have been asked to show love, forgiveness and work towards the attainment of peace and development in the country as they mark this year’s Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lenten season for Orthodox Christians.

The parish priest at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Maitama district of Abuja, Reverend Father Christopher Inegbenoghu asked Nigerians to assist government in combating insecurity.

Christians had gathered at the church in Maitama to reflect on the death and resurrection of Christ.

After a sermon on the need to show love and forgive all irrespective of religion or ethnicity, Christian faithful filed out to receive the ash which commemorates the beginning of a forty-day Lenten period.

Peter Egeolu and Theresa Akpoveta Nakpoberuo, who spoke to Channels Television, said that the period presented them an opportunity to serve humanity and the nation at large.