Hundreds of believers from the Catholic and Anglican Churches on Friday joined a procession for the public way of the cross marching through the streets of Kagadi town.
The cross was picked from St. Luke’s of Uganda Kagadi parish and was taken to St. Mary’s Kagadi catholic parish in Kagadi town.
There were a total of 14 stopovers from St. Luke’s church of Uganda Kagadi parish to St. Mary’s Kagadi catholic parish in Kagadi town.
At each stopover, the special scripture was read before delivering a brief sermon by selected religious leaders.
The religious leaders who led the procession include Monsignor Father Peter Kaberenge, the vicar of Kagadi vicariate and canon Reverend Teo Irumba, and the archdeacon of Kagadi Archdeaconry as well as other clergies.
Monsignor Father Peter Kaberenge asked Christians to remain focused in order to strengthen their faith.
Canon Reverend Teo Irumba urged Christians to development a sense of completing as Jesus did.
At Mugalike catholic parish, father Anthony Bingi asked Christians to always have vision of their families and their respective areas.
In Kinyarugonjo parish, the parish father priest, Paul Mugume implored Christians to stick to their faith as Jesus persevered harsh conditions.
Christians who spoke to our reporters are optimistic that the way of the cross will positively change their lives.
Prelates under the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) have urged all followers of Jesus Christ, to share the little they have with those struggling to make ends meet.
The clerics made the call as they observed the Ecumenical Public Way of the Cross to commemorate the crucifixion at old Kampala secondary school playgrounds.
This journey is commemorated annually on Good Friday, during the Holy Week preceding Easter Sunday when Jesus was resurrected.
In his message read by the Church of Uganda Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, Rt Rev Dr Antony Zziwa, the chairperson of UJCC, noted that as Christians gear up for Easter celebrations, many people have been stressed by COVID-19, which affected many businesses living many starving.
Dr. Zziwa, who is also the chairperson of the Catholic Bishop’s conference in Uganda, said that the increasing levels of poverty in Uganda, have been worsened by the escalation of basic commodity prices making the situation harder for the majority poor in the country.
In his remarks, the Kampala Archbishop His Grace Dr. Paul Ssemogerere noted that the faithful should not see the Way of the Cross as a mere annual ritual but use it as an opportunity to look at the suffering of Christ, the Innocent One and how it speaks to our current situation.