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For Easter Vigil We Received Eight Hoes!
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 Written by fra Ivica Perić

Glory to God in the Highest

Even here, in the heart of Rwanda, at Paschal or Easter vigil, for the first time after Lent the word “Alleluia” is used. During our Liturgy, we also celebrate the Service of the Light, the Liturgy of the Word, Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. But here in Africa, the sermon lasts for almost four hours and people dance like in a “discotheque” and drums are played like in a rock concert. There are no Easter eggs, but there are leaves of banana trees used to decorate houses. Ham is not eaten, but people enjoy beans.

The sermon was conducted by our parish priest, friar Kizito and the readings were done by our parishioners. Everything started in great silence; the steps of barefoot children resounded like cannons, as everyone walked toward the church. Once there, the members of the church choir sang “Exultet” and announced to everyone the joyous news of victory over death. The drums then played “Glory to God in the Highest”, and the dancers put on a wonderful show that set the entire scene and warmed the atmosphere. After the Gospel and the sermon, we had the Liturgical Sacraments and Rituals.

Returnees from various sects

First of all, we received again into union with the Catholic Church eighteen returnees from various sects. After that, we baptised sixty-one devotees between fifteen and fifty years of age, and then we joined eight couples in Holy Matrimony.

Baptised

During the Offertory, those who were baptised brought baskets full of fruit and vegetables, while those returning to the Catholic Church brought envelopes with money, and the married couples brought... hoes! Only then can everyone else approach. Of course, the hoes are later given to the poor so they have the tools to cultivate the land.

The married couples

Blessed Easter, or as the Rwandans say “Pasika nziza” to all.

Translated by: bitno.hr
Edited by: Valerie K. Ken

 
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