Holy Week 2018 in Yaoundé (Cameroon)

By 11 April, 2018Africa, Cameroon

In Yaoundé the Idente Missionaries we celebrated Holy Week with the desire to grow in intimacy with Christ. In the mornings we had a theme and a moment of prayer in silence, in the afternoon we attended the liturgical celebrations.
During the retreat we were challenged with the following question: Is it enough for me to touch Jesus? or do I want to be identified with Him? Good Friday we talked about the meaning of pain linked to the cross of Christ has a meaning in our lives.
On Good Friday there was talk of the meaning of pain in itself, and of the value “added” if I offer it and wish to live united to the cross of Christ, highlighting the honor with which Christ lived the passion. On the third day there was talk of the purification that we must go through in order to unite ourselves to the Holy Trinity, as the disciples also lived on Holy Saturday, in the silence of God.
On Good Friday in the parish of the Sagrada Familia d’Elig Assiga, the traditional ceremony called “Don a hou” was celebrated in which the different groups ask the priest what happened to Jesus. It is a traditional funeral ceremony, in which the cause of death is asked, the life of the deceased is talked about. Later the “Esani” is danced, a dance to dismiss the deceased and let him go in peace, stating that there is no problem with him and a flower is thrown. After the Passion was performed, sung in Ewondo, the language of the center of Cameroon. Impressed the silence with which Christ lived the humiliations and offenses. At Easter we enjoyed the fifty Baptisms and First Communions, of young people, at the Easter Vigil, and of babies, on Easter Sunday.

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