Gaborone, 18 February, 2021 / 4:55 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of Botswana’s Gaborone Diocese has recounted his experience of Ash Wednesday amid COVID-19 restrictions in the Southern African nation where public worship remains suspended.
In his Reflection posted on Facebook Wednesday, February 17, Bishop Frank Nubuasah says that the faith of those who turned up “to receive the blessed ashes” touched him.
“At the Cathedral, there was no Mass due to the current public health restrictions in place. People were encouraged to walk in and receive the ashes at their leisure and would find a Priest waiting for them,” Bishop Nubuasah says.
The Bishop adds, “I was touched by the faith of those who came to receive the blessed ashes as a sign of their readiness to start the journey of repentance and renewal in preparation for the great feast of Easter.”
“We stood outside and allowed people to sanitize, check their temperature, and register and then walked to the Priest,” Bishop Nubuasah continues in his recollection of Ash Wednesday events at Christ the King Cathedral of Botswana’s Gaborone Diocese.