Joyce Banda attends Good Friday service

President Joyce Banda on Friday  was among thousands of people who gathered at   St. Peters Anglican Parish in Lilongwe at the end of ‘Way of the Cross’ which Christians from Maula Catholic Cathedral, Mtima Oyera Parish and St. Peters Anglican parish to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ who died on Good Friday.

Banda described the death of Jesus Christ on the cross as a gift to all people on earth.

Commemorated every year to mark Good Friday, ‘Way of the Cross’ is a procession that Christians around the world conduct, re-enacting Jesus’ journey to the place where he was crucified.

President Banda is welcomed by Rev Tarsizio Ziyaye at St .Peters Angican Parish Church in Lilongwe on the Way Of the Cross - Pic by Stanley Makuti
President Banda is welcomed by Rev Tarsizio Ziyaye – Pic by Stanley Makuti

Christians believe Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and resurrected three days later on Easter Sunday. He is said to have eaten his last supper hours before his betrayal.

Banda, who took part in the procession, said Malawians today should take the death of Christ on the cross as a gift, as well as a way of comforting and encouraging them.

“When I woke up today in the morning, I opened my Bible to read. But before I could read anything, my heart was filled with sadness, bearing in mind all the hardship Jesus felt on the cross to save us people on earth.

“When I started reading my Bible, I opened the book of John, chapter 13; verse 35 where it says that we need to love one another.

“We need to implement the love to one another, especially at this time when political leaders in the country are conducting their campaigns,” President Banda said.

She said that as Jesus rose from the dead, he left all clothes that covered him on the grave, meaning that he left all our sins in the grave, thus the need for all Malawians to desist from bad things for Christ himself died for all our sins.

The Malawi leader asked all Malawians to have patience in all endeavours.

Banda said: “Like Maria in the Bible who waited with patience at the grave of Christ for her salvation, we need also to be patient for God’s time is the best.”

President Banda was among hundreds of Christians who observed Good Friday by walking from Maula Cathedral to St. Peters Anglican Parish. The president joined the group at the round-about at the old Lilongwe Town Hall.

Some of the notable faces in the procession were Malawi Congress Party President Lazarus Chakwera, the Chief Secretary to government Hawa Ndilowe, Arch Bishop Tarcisius Ziyaye of Lilongwe Arch Diocese.

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