Catholic faithful mark Pentecost amid Covid-19

By; IRD Communication Officer

Christians singing and rejoicing during the Celebrations of Pentecost at Holy Ghost Cathedral Mombasa.Photo by Francis Wambua

Thousands of Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Mombasa joined the rest of the world in Celebrating Pentecost which signifies the end of the Easter season.

For Christians, it is a memorial of the day the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and the Virgin Mary in the form of fiery tongues, an event that took place fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus.

The Paschal mystery of the Passion, the Death, the Resurrection, and the Ascension of Jesus culminates in the sending of the Holy Spirit by the Father at the request of His Son on Jesus’ disciples.

Archbishop Martin Kivuva administering the sacrament of confirmation by anointing the candidate with the oil of chrism. Photo by Francis Wambua

In Holy Ghost Cathedral Mombasa, the important feast was accompanied by the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation where Fifty candidates received the sacrament.

In his Homily during the celebration of the Holy Mass, the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa Most Rev. Martin Kivuva reminded Christians of their obligations to one another and to God.

He went on to remind everyone of how Jesus was sent by the Father into a fallen world.

“He is the shining light that dispels the darkness of sin, he invites all people to believe in him and receive the gift of eternal life, which the Father offers through Him and those who believe and receive this gift, Jesus once said, “will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” He said

Irene Wanjiku, a catechumen of the Holy Ghost Cathedral in Mombasa, urged other Christians to continue pursuing truth by studying and understanding the great mysteries of the catholic faith.

She also encouraged them to pursue a life of goodness and virtue, especially through works of mercy and love and also following the beautiful example of Mary and the saints.

However, the celebration was not marked as its usually performed in compliance with the Ministry of health directives against mass gatherings and physical distancing to stem the spread of Covid-19 commonly known as coronavirus.

The mass was also live streamed through the archdiocese communication Youtube channel, Lwanga Communication Centre and Capuccin Tv.

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