Palm Sunday: Put God First, Archbishop Okeke Urges Christians

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Christians have been advised to be more concerned with losing God’s friendship than mere human or material favours. Archbishop of Onitsha Catholics Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Maduka Okeke gave the admonition during Palm Sunday Mass celebrated to mark the beginning of Holy Week in all over the world.

The Archbishop in his homily exhorts the thousands of faithful who gathered at the Basilica of the Most Trinity, Onitsha for the Palm Sunday Mass. Unlike the Pilate who ditched standing on the side of truth and justice for fear of losing favours with Caesar, he urged the faithful to prioritize their friendship with God and not to base their actions on human respect, which is the bane of those who follow the crowd instead of the truth.

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Archbishop Okeke said, though challenges and problems trail our lives, they should never make people bitter and rob them of kind, merciful and forgiving disposition towards others. And to be assured of the grace of God, our faith in God should not be shaken and we should never be part of evil conspiracy against our neighbours.

The Palm Sunday Mass started with the blessing of palm branches and procession symbolizing the branches placed in front of Jesus as he entered into Jerusalem.

Palm Sunday: Archbishop Okeke Urges Christians To Prioritize Their Relationship With God
Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke with other priests during Palm Sunday on April 10, 2022
Palm Sunday: Archbishop Okeke Urges Christians To Prioritize Their Relationship With God
Archbishop Maduka Okeke leading other Catholic faithful on Palm Sunday procession at the Bacilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha

Holy Week in the Catholic Church world over, marks the last week in the Lenten Season which culminates with Easter celebration.

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