Hosanna to the King of Kings

Children at Pecani Church in Naiserelagi Village in Saivou, Ra. Picture: ANA MADIGIBULI

Easter is well associated with many holy liturgies.

It begins from Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem which is marked as Palm Sunday in the Christian calendar.

It is a time when children from around the country and the world observe the special occurrence with Hosanna echoed in joy in churches, parishes and places of worship as they welcome the Son of God.

Other important events that fall in this Holy Week are the Last Supper, Jesus’ trial, his crucifixion, death and resurrection.

Head of the Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong in his “Easter is God’s free gift of Peace” message stated Holy Week is remembering: but a special kind of remembering.

“We do not merely dramatise of the historical events of Jesus life.

We do not simply remember the past rather it is about remembering the past to make it present for today,” he said.

He said people bring the salvific or the leading to salvation events of Jesus’ life so that it mediates salvation and freedom for people today.

“Holy Week rituals make present the saving acts of Jesus in people’s experience today.

“We come to the Holy Week rituals with our experiences, our questions, our problems and our need for salvation and freedom.

“We open ourselves to the grace of God mediated through the Holy Week symbols. Grace and salvation is God’s free gift to humanity.”

On Sunday, March 28 children from around the country marked Palm Sunday and learned the significance of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

They also take into account the events that unfolded after the victorious entry.

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