Beyond the chocolate bunnies, new clothes, and tropical beaches is the real meaning of Easter which is a call to celebrate in the triumph of Jesus Christ. Before Easter begins, some Christians go into a time of fasting, reflection and repentance- Christians call this period lent, and it is in preparation to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Still, many families have their Easter weekends booked with exorbitant vacations but the Parish Council of Our Lady of Guadalupe Co Cathedral in Belmopan is inviting the general public to join them in a weekend of adoration . It starts tonight on Holy Thursday with a mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, which will be celebrated by Bishop Christopher Clancy and ends with a mass of resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Luke Ramos – Secretary Parish Council
“I want to take the opportunity to invite all Belmopanese, all parishioners, the surrounding communities to come out and celebrate this Easter tridium with us. There are several things going on from Thursday through Sunday, so if they can’t do all, they can decide to one of them or two of them; but do come out and help to celebrate this Easter tridium with us.
Emmanuel Pech – Plus T.V Journalist
” Around this time, people often forget the true meaning of Easter and why they’re having holiday. They head out to the cayes and head off for vacation. Tell me why it is so important to remember the real reason why we are having Easter. “
” Vacation is good but we have to remember that there is a supreme being, God, which should be the canter of our lives. So we want to encourage people to pray, and to focus on their spiritual development. Once you have that, you should be able to make your life even better that it should be. So it’s a perfect time to focus on your own relationship with Christ and somewhere in between, then you build in the vacation. It is so important 6that we put christ first.”
Tonight’s mass begins at 6 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church after which there will be a session of adoration from 7 pm to 11 pm . On Friday, there will be a stations of the cross procession around the ring road starting at 9 am at the Our lady of Guadalupe. Following that there will be a church service at 3 pm to celebrate the crucifixion of Christ. It all concludes with the mass of resurrection at 9 am on Easter Sunday.