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Jude John Paul Yiga, who carried the cross, says that the moment gave him a good picture of what Jesus could have gone through. He explained that he could draw mental pictures whenever they narrated what happened to Christ at a given station, which touched his heart.
Family members observing way of the cross from their home.

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Every year Christians across the world, commemorate the way of the cross on God Friday. Christians carry a huge cross and march in processions in their areas to reflect on the meaning of the Cross as a symbol of salvation.

During the procession, one Christian offers himself to be whipped to depict the Passion of Jesus Christ and his crucifixion. In Luweero town, the Way of the Cross is jointly celebrated by Christians under their umbrella, the Uganda Joint Christian Council. 

The Christians usually walk under the leadership of the Catholic Bishop, Paul Ssemogerere and his Anglican counterpart, Bishop Eridard Nsubuga. 

Christians often match from Our Lady Queen of the Peace Cathedral at Kasana Luweero Catholic Diocese to St Mark Cathedral at Luweero Anglican Diocese where they would hold a service to remember the hour when Jesus was crucified.

 

However, this wasn’t possible this time around because of the Corona virus pandemic. Early this week, Bishop Paul Ssemogerere sent out a message to all priests directing them to inform the faithfuls to walk in the footsteps of Christ in their homes.    

  

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Regina Yiga, a Christian from Munyonyo is one of the many Christians who observed the way of the Cross in their homes. She quotes a famous catholic saying; “Roma locuta, causa finite, which is loosely translated as “Rome has spoken, the discussion is over”. 

This means given the fact the church has directed them, they had to oblige.    

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The family of ten people led by the father with the youngest son dressed in a tunic carrying the wooden cross walked in a procession in their compound and condensed the usually two-mile journey so that they cover all the fifteen Stations of the Cross as they said several prayers.    

Audio on way of the cross (Luganda)  

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Jude John Paul Yiga, who carried the cross, says that the moment gave him a good picture of what Jesus could have gone through. He explained that he could draw mental pictures whenever they narrated what happened to Christ at a given station, which touched his heart.   

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The family head, Joseph Yiga describes the day's experience as wonderful since he had never had such a moment with his entire family because some of them are often at school during the celebrations.   

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Regina Kitaka from Kyotera district also had the same experience with her family despite the heavy rains that pounded the area throughout the day. To her, the cross reminds them of the real reason as to why Christ was crucified.  

“It was raining but we braved the weather as a family and walked in the footsteps of Christ from the first station to the last as we prayed for ourselves, the church and the universe just as we were told by the Holy Father. We specifically venerated the day’s event to God so that he sees us through this pandemic,” Kitaka said.  

Charles Ssebyala, the Head of Laity at Our Lady Queen of the Peace Cathedral at Kasana Luweero Catholic Diocese, says some faithful left the day to pass just because their homes were not conducive for the celebrations.  

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In Kitgum Municipality, several locals tuned into local radio stations that broadcast commemoration messages from various religious leaders on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Others also took the opportunity to pray in their homes with their family members as churches remain closed.  

Christine Oyella, a resident of Apollo Ground in Kitgum Municipality, says she first heard prayers from their Anglican preacher on the radio before she held a separate prayer with her family to commemorate Jesus’s crucifixion.  

Oyella says unlike in the past when she used to celebrate such days with prayers and congregated with other Christians in the church, she obeyed the directive to stay home.     

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Rev. Canon Dr. Rebecca Margaret Nyegenye, a Provost at Saints Cathedral in Nakasero, says the tradition and ritual of the way of the cross is not all about procession but rather reflecting about the passion of Christ.   

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