Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Good Friday was among thousands of people who joined Christians in the annual walking pilgrimage of the Way of the Cross in the capital Lilongwe where he called upon Christians in the country to remain united despite some differences in faith and beliefs.
Bearing a wooden cross, Christians from Lutheran Churches, the Catholic AND Anglican Churches on Friday joined hands in observing Good Friday which symbolises the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
They walked the Way of the Cross from Utatu Oyera Catholic in Chilinde to Don Bosco Catholic Church as a symbol of their faith Friday morning in the “Way of the Cross Procession.”
Mutharika said he was “so happy” to see the unity that exists between various churches in Malawi.
“Today we have walked together on this Way of the Cross as if we were from the same family, this is what my Government encourages,” said Mutharika.
“Our difference in faith and beliefs should not divide us, but rather bring us together as we have done today as it is said that there is power in unity,” he added.
Mutharika, who also carried the Cross for some meters, said the Lenten season leading to the feast of Easter gives Christians “time to reflect on our lives by looking at the Cross where our salvation comes from.”
Adding: “It also gives us time to reflect on our lives and encourages us to do charity work.”
Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe of Evangelical Lutheran church hailed Mutharika for honouring their request to join Christians in the country in observing Good Friday at Don Bosco Parish.
“For the past years, it has been our dream to have a Head of State among us, this dream has come to pass today with your presence your Excellency, we are so thankful for this honour, “said Bishop Bvumbwe.
According to the Gospels, Jesus ate his last supper hours before he was betrayed. Christians believe Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and resurrected on Easter Sunday.
In Blantyre, Catholics from Saints Peter and Paul churches started their Way of the Cross from Chilobwe to Saint Pius Church.