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Gathered in the gardens, which transformed into a makeshift theater, the youth adorned elaborate costumes reminiscent of Jesus' time, wielding props like spears for soldiers and robes for scribes and Pharisees.
The youth re-enacting the passion of christ at Nsambya

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Palm Sunday mass at the Nsambya Youth Centre took on a deeply emotional resonance as the youth parish group brought the gospel to life through a stirring dramatization. Traditionally, many Catholic parishes narrate the passion gospel in parts on Palm Sunday. However, witnessing a full-scale enactment scene by scene during Mass is a rarity.   

Gathered in the gardens, which transformed into a makeshift theater, the youth adorned elaborate costumes reminiscent of Jesus' time, wielding props like spears for soldiers and robes for scribes and Pharisees. The actor portraying Jesus was remarkably authentic, with meticulously crafted makeup and attire closely resembling traditional depictions.   

Throughout the performance, a narrator guided the congregation through each scene, while the main celebrant, Msgr. Charles Kasibante, Vicar General of the Kampala Archdiocese, voiced the words of Jesus, lending his voice to the pivotal moments of the narrative from the gospel according to Mark. "The youth truly brought the gospel to life. It was captivating," remarked Annet Nabulyo in a post-mass interview, echoing the sentiments of many moved by the immersive portrayal.  

“The play didn't just entertain; it served as a powerful reminder of the depth of Jesus' sacrifice and the enduring relevance of his message,” Nabulyo added. From laughter to tears, the congregation was captivated as the youth narrated and acted out moments of Christ's journey. During Peter's denial, chuckles filled the air at the portrayal of the crowing cock, adding a touch of humor to the solemn narrative. 

Yet, as the story unfolded and the weight of Christ's suffering became palpable, laughter gave way to tears as the youth depicted the agony of the Garden of Gethsemane with haunting authenticity. Some were visibly moved to tears at the death of Christ. 

During his homily, Msgr. Kasibante urged the congregation, predominantly composed of young individuals, to continually seek encounters with Christ in their lives, particularly during moments of suffering. He emphasized the importance of steadfastness, likening it to Christ's unwavering strength even in the face of death.

//Cue in; “We fell…

  Cue out...Christ”//

In a similar vein, Alex Sserunjogi, Kampala Archdiocesan youth leader, delivered a challenge to his peers, emphasizing the significance of trust and loyalty. He cautioned against following the example of Judas Iscariot, who betrayed his master for material gain, stressing that once trust is lost, it may be difficult to regain.    

//Cue in; “Jesus trusted…

Cue out...Billionaire,”//

About Palm Sunday   

Palm Sunday holds significance in Christian tradition as it commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. According to Christian belief, Jesus was welcomed by cheering crowds who waved palm branches and laid them on the ground as he passed by. In the Catholic tradition, this event is symbolically reenacted by parishioners carrying palm leaves as they enter the church.  

Also referred to as Passion Sunday, Palm Sunday marks the commencement of Holy Week, the holiest period in the Christian calendar, encompassing the solemn observance of Jesus' crucifixion and death on Good Friday, followed by the celebration of his resurrection on Easter Sunday.