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Christian denominations celebrate Easter

Story by Farai Gwaze

TODAY marked Good Friday, a day that saw the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The Easter holiday is seen as a period of reflection and repentance and those of Christian belief use Good Friday as a reminder of the crucifixion of their lord and savior for their sins.

Those of the Anglican faith met for afternoon mass in reverence of Jesus Christ at their various parishes.

“The significance of Good Friday for the Anglican faith is because it is the day that our Lord Jesus Christ carried all our sins and was crucified to give us freedom it is a good Friday because that is when we were freed,” said St Mary’s Anglican Church’s Father Alpha John.

“It is not that Jesus died 2 024 years ago, the significance comes up when we die together with him, we are not going to die physically, but we want to die from evil things,” said St Luke’s Anglican Church’s Father Edwin Seremani.

The ZBC News crew also met up with a procession of Roman Catholics from different parishes who convened at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the CBD.

“This is the first phase that we have walked and you have seen so many people in the procession throughout the Catholic churches, everywhere in the world as we journey with Christ in his journey to death where he carried the cross for the salvation of his people and for every one of us who are Gods children,” said Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church’ Father Adam Mukabva.

Pentecostal denominations also gathered for services to mark the day.

“Today is a Good Friday and ironically bad things happened to a good person. To us, the death of Jesus gives us great emancipation from sin. So we commemorate this day and are happy to be gathered here in this way,” said United Apostolic Faith Church’s Apostle Simba Takawira.

The Christian Easter festivities began with Palm Sunday which ushered the Holy Week that brings with it Good Friday, Easter Saturday, and the highlight being Easter Sunday which is celebrated in acknowledgement of their lord and Saviour Jesus Christ rising from the dead.

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