Nairobi, 30 March, 2021 / 5:50 pm (ACI Africa).
The Apostolic Administrator of Kenya’s Nairobi Archdiocese has encouraged members of the Clergy serving in the Metropolitan see to remains sources of encouragement and hope amid public worship suspension in sections of the East African nation.
On March 26, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta indefinitely suspended public worship in the counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos, Kajiado and Nakuru which are covered by the Archdiocese of Nairobi and parts of the Dioceses of Machakos, Ngong and Nakuru due to an upsurge in reported cases of COVID-19.
In a Monday, March 29 statement addressed to Clerics serving in Nairobi Archdiocese, Bishop David Kamau says, “Priests are asked to give a message of hope and encouragement to Christ's Faithful so that they can confront the current situation with serenity knowing that with God's help, we shall overcome.”
While Eucharistic celebration in public, liturgical and pastoral activities involving the gathering of the faithful remain suspended in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Bishop Kamau says, members of the Clergy should “celebrate Mass in private for the needs of Christ's faithful.”
Citing the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), the Kenyan Bishop directs, “Even if it is not possible to have the presence and active participation of the faithful, which bring out more plainly the ecclesial nature of the celebration, the Eucharistic celebration always retains its efficacy and dignity because it is the action of Christ and the church, in which the Priest fulfils his own principal office and always acts for the people's salvation.”