Thousands of Christians in Malawi observed good Friday to mark one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar with a “Way of the Cross” procession across the nation.
Malawi’s Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima joined Catholic and Anglican believers from St. Patrick’s, St. Thomas and St. Ignatius in the capital Lilongwe on way of the cross as part of Easter commemorations.
The way of the cross started from St. Thomas, Area 18 to Malawi Police headquarters in Lilongwe.
The traditional Catholic pilgrimage recalls the suffering and death of Jesus.
In his remarks, Chilima a devout Catholic said Good Friday is a special day for Christians and it is important that every person takes time to reflect on the importance of the day.
“It is important as Christians to spare time on this day and take part in the Way of the cross and reflect on the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for all of us,” emphasized Chilima.
Among others, Bishop Emeritus Bernard Malango concurred with Chilima in encouraging Christians to take part in the way of the cross, urging Christians to reflect on the meaning of the day and reminisce how Jesus Christ suffered.
In Mzuzu, Catholics traced the footsteps of Jesus with Way of the Cross procession that started from Chinyolo Catholic church and finished at Mzokoto church which was led by Rev.Father Paul Chirwa of St Dennis Parish.
The Scriptural Way of the Cross or Scriptural Stations of the Cross is a modern version of the ancient Christian, especially Catholic, devotion called the Stations of the Cross. This version was inaugurated on Good Friday 1991 by Pope John Paul II.
Meanwhile, Christians all over the world are commemorating Easter.