Christians mark Good Friday
Most Christians were clad in black and red attire to symbolize the mourning of the death of Jesus Christ.
A visit by the Ghana News Agency to most of the churches showed they were filled to capacity with some having procession through some principal streets to say the 14 Stations of the Cross whilst others held crusades and conventions to mark the Easter celebration.
Reverend Fr. Samuel Asantey, Priest in charge of the Amanful St Joseph Catholic Church, said as Christians, it was important to reflect on the sacrifice and the abundant love Jesus had for them through His death on the cross for their sins.
“The cross of Christ signifies the down-fall of evil and the kingdom of Satan,” he said.
Fr. Asantey said the cross would remain the safeguard of the Christian faith, the assurance of their hope and the throne of love as well as the sign of God’s mercy, and the proof of forgiveness.
He said the death of Jesus Christ had shown the way to peace, joy and righteousness in the Kingdom of God and the way to victory over sin and corruption, fear, defeat, despair and death.
He said as true followers of Christ, Christian should, therefore, endeavour to emulate the example of Jesus by leading worthy lives.
Fr Asantey, whose sermon was on the theme: “Father, into Your Hands I Commit My spirit,” urged Christians to remain resolute and prayerful at all times and rely on the good Lord for their spiritual healing and growth.
Very Reverend Emmanuel Entsi Williams, Dean of the Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, urged Christians across the nation to endeavour to love one another as Christ did, saying the Easter season was very significant in the life of every Christian since it commemorates the death of Christ who redeemed mankind from the bondage of sin.
He said Good Friday was about love since God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son to die for the sins of the world, urging them to give their lives to Christ and live lives that pleased Him.
According to him, Christ came to die for Christians to, among others, take away their sins and save them from it, reconcile them with God and establish a covenant between God and man.
At the Wesley Methodist Cathedral, Deacon John Moses Saad urged the congregation to learn to forgive one another in order that Christ may also forgive their sins, warning that no matter the years one spent in church, they would not go to Heaven if they did not learn how to forgive others.
He expressed worry about conflicts and misunderstandings in churches and urged Christians to let go of any grudges they may have against anyone and pray to God for forgiveness and also live in love, peace and harmony with one another.
Prayers were said for the churches, the country, President John Dramani Mahama, the Council of State members and all ministers of state and for peace and unity in the country.