Easter festive season has arrived. However, we must all agree that this year’s Easter is different from all the Easter holidays that we have celebrated in the past. This year’s Easter is special and therefore deserves to be celebrated in a special way which is different from how we use to do it. Even the president of the country, President Cyril Ramaphosa is aware of it, that’s why he opened his Easter message by saying: “As we commemorate Easter this year, a shadow hangs over our world.
This year’s Easter will be celebrated in a way that was never experienced before. Never in our lives have we commemorated Easter under extreme restrictions on how we should worship. As Christians we always commemorate this special Friday in a way of giving thanks to the son of our Lord and Saviour for dying for our sins. But this year we are commemorating it while we are in the tight grip of a deadly pandemic – Covid 19. We appeal to our people to comply with the Covid 19 protocols and regulations throughout this Easter holidays. We must continue to wear our face masks, sanitize and maintain social distance as we share the love, joy and happiness during our Easter pilgrimages. We are aware that Covid 19 regulations have restricted us from worshiping together as we normally do, especially during the Easter holidays. We must continue to comply with Covid 19 regulations and protocols with the believe that we may be worshipping distance apart and in small numbers but we are together in spirit, mind, heart and soul. Our failure to comply with Covid 19 regulations may expose us to the danger of a third wave which we are warned against.
We know that most of us will be undertaking pilgrimages with families and congregations. Going on a pilgrimage is a good thing for our mental and spiritual fulfilment; and we cannot discourage you from doing it, as it is a way of sharing love, joy, happiness and spiritual revival. As we undertake such pilgrimages, we must always remember to abide by the traffic rules so that we can arrive alive and worship together as one with our congregations and fellow Christians and fellow human beings.
Let me conclude by quoting an age-old Christian chorus which says: “If you believe and I believe, and we together pray…. Then Africa will be saved.” If you believe and I believe, and we together sanitize, put on face masks and keep social distance, then Africa will be saved. PULA !!!!Cllr MJ MaekoMayor – Lephalale Local Municipality.