Nairobi, 29 June, 2020 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Kenya have reminded the people of God in the East African nation about their “duty and obligation” to continue worshipping God despite COVID-19 restrictions and urged families to turn their respective homes into a “domestic church.”
“With the closure of places of Worship, we may think we have lost our sense of oneness and the conventional way of worship...We have to recognize that while we cannot gather in the usual way, our duty and obligation to worship God remains indispensable,” the members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) say in a collective message read out at the end of the televised Mass, Sunday, June 28.
In their statement read out by the Chairman of KCCB’s Commission for Liturgy, Bishop Anthony Ireri Mukobo, the Bishops in Kenya invite the faithful to reflect on the question, “How does God want you to continue relating with Him during this time of COVID-19 when the places of worship are closed?”
Underscoring the need for individuals to find time to meditate and talk to God in prayer, the Prelates urge the faithful to mirror the early Christians saying, “When our lives are influenced by prayer, we go out of our way to love and serve God and our neighbors.”
“What routines have we set up in our families to ensure that there is time for communal family worship?” the Bishops in Kenya probe in their June 28 collective message reiterating Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s call for every home to become a domestic Church.