THE INAUGURAL M.Y.M ARCHDIOCESAN PALM SUNDAY MASS CELEBRATED
The Archbishop of Nairobi, His grace Philip Anyolo and the Archbishop Emeritus John Cardinal Njue together with scores of priests have led thousands of the Missionary Youth members from across the Archdiocese in commemorating the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) in a colorful event held at St. Mary’s Msongari grounds.
The celebration began with blessings of the palm branches as a symbol of branches placed on the ground for Christ on His entry into Jerusalem. The youths further chanted the readings on the passion of the Lord marking the beginning of Holy Week and the final week of Lent.
In the Homily, Fr. Peterken Njonge, Limuru Deanery youth Chaplain, challenged the youth to remain humble as they become agents of peace and they will be exalted. He said, “Allow your character to be molded by Christ and even when you go through life’s challenges remember nothing is permanent, it shall pass only if you stay connected to Christ.”
Alluding to the ongoing politics in the country in the run up to the general elections in August, Fr. Peterken warned the youths to steer clear from politicians seeking to misuse them.
Archbishop Anyolo while addressing the youth said, “Through the palm leaves given, share them with others as you are the fishers of men, they are a symbol of the Church’s sacraments and I encourage you to abide in God and He will abide in you.”
Fr. Edwin Hunja the Archdiocesan Youth Chaplain, in his speech urged Christians to journey with the youth through mentorship and be present in their day-to-day activities. He appealed to the parents to reason with the youth through listening and giving them their time.
The MYM group through their charitable activities made donations to aid Nairobi Children’s remand home in Kabete and to the Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus children’s home in Nairobi.
The MYM is a church group incorporating all catholic students in secondary schools.