Chilima, Chakwera participate in Good Friday tradition: Walking Jesus’ ‘Way of the Cross’

UTM leader who is also the country’s Vice-President, Saulos Chilima,and  former leader of opposition and Malaiw Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera had to halt their political campaign on Good Friday to join fellow  christians in participating in Way of the Cross, marking the suffering that Jesus Christ went on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers.

Christian taking part in the way of the cross in remembrance of the journey Christ endured as he was going to be crucified.
Chakwera carrying the symbolic cross
Good Friday Way of the Cross reenactment: Chilima and Chritians kneel to pray and reading the prayer at the 14th station
Chilima praying: Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Easter Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday
Chilima and his wife Mary laying the wreaths at the Cross

Good Friday is the day Christians say Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross and died for the sins of the world. Christians believe Jesus was the son of God.

Chilima,  a devout Catholic, participated in the activities at his St. Patricks Catholic Church in Area 18, Lilongwe while Chakwera, a former Assemblies of God church cleric, participated from Mtima Oyera Catholic Parish in Lilongwe in their Way of the Cross.

The UTM presidential hopedul, described by speakers at the event as a “selfless and humble” politician who usually find time for God, participated in a procession which was jointly organized by St Patricks Catholic Church, St Thomas Anglican Church and St Ignatius Catholic Church in Lilongwe.

The procession started at St Thomas Anglican Church in Area 18 connecting through the M1 Road to St Ignatius Catholic Church in Area 30.

Chilima did not carry the cross as he has been doing all along but  instead led in reading the station prayers at the 14th point. It is believed that there were 14 station points where Christ fell down while burdened by the cross he carried.

But Chakwera had time to symbolically experience what Jesus Christ felt as he (Chakwera) took a turn to carry the symbolic cross.

After the Way of the Cross, Chakwera urged Malawians to embrace the culture of care and love.

He also urged leaders to sacrifice their lives for the good of their people.

Chakwera called for love, unity and tolerance among all Malawians.

In a Good Friday statement, President Peter Mutharika has appealed to Malawians to draw lessons from Jesus’ selflessness and dedicate themselves to the national goal to improve the quality of all Malawians.

“As Jesus showed, it is possible for us to defeat evil among us and take Malawi to prosperity,” he says.

Mutharika also urged religious leaders to use the occasion to preach peace, love and unity among Malawians.

The Good Friday crucifixion observance is part of a weeklong celebration of the final week Jesus spent on earth, beginning with Palm Sunday followed by Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper of Christ.

Three days after the observance of Christ’s death on the cross on Good Friday, Christians celebrate his resurrection Easter Sunday, the day Christians believe promises resurrection for those who die.

 

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Chriss Phiri
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Chriss Phiri

For this we should set aside politics, APM anali kuti ?

George21
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George21

That’s politics. Keep up my President Chakwera you were simply worshipping with your voters. Nothing wrong at all! Well done. Others do not even go to church and these can find fault with your carrying the cross! But Alas God is on your side… and the critics can do nothing about it. Be blessed!

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

Chakwera-ready to shoulder the burdens of Malawians

Zambulo
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Zambulo

Amene akufuna mavoti ndi Chakwerayo chifukwa kwa amene amamudziwa Chilima sakudabwa chifukwa ndiopemphera, sajomba ku church kuyambira kale. By the way, kodi GOGO uja ndiwambingo wanji?? Anzake akupemphera iye akugona..kenaka adziti ndi oopa Mulungu

Welari
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Welari

Mavoti avuta. Mpaka Chakwera kunyamula mtanda? Akakhala Chilima, using the church podium for political reasons is what he knows best.

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

Chilima is clearly aiming for scraps from the base of MCP; and he may be succeeding a bit.
Hence, the two Parties will share the vote, and lead to the rise, (once) again, of DPP.
“Chilima – you spoiler, you …” – according to MCPers. Asa.

Georhe
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Georhe

Partly true. Chilima will caryy the day in the end and DPP will be on position 3

winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

CHAKWERA,do not try to cheat the GOD you abandoned for the sake of money(WEALTH).For you,GOD AND MONEY,YOU HAVE CHOSEN SATAN SO PLEASE CHOOSE ONE,GOD OR MONEY WHICH IS WHICH? You could have learned a good lesson from Bishop DESMOND TUTU who dared to confront vicious and barbaric South African Police during the struggle against one of the most cruel regimes in the world.Chilima is the son of GOD,he strongly believes in God the whole mighty and follows commands contrary to you who abandoned him for leisure.Malawians,we in diaspora wish you good luck for Chilima and his UTM in the coming… Read more »

Sokowski
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Sokowski

“Chilima and Christians kneel …at 14th station”. Please note that catholics arent Christians. Catholicism is a religion on its own, just like Islam, Christianity, judaism, hinduism, kabbala, sikh, etc. It is just similar to christianity and Islam in its major themes so stop saying “chilima and Christians…”

Wakukaya mwenecho
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Wakukaya mwenecho

That’s politics ! They have been there all these years and they have never done that before (carrying a cross). God is seeing you and u will be answerable one day. Mavoti Ndiye mwawafunatu! God have mercy on these people.

Payoniya
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Koma ma vote avuta