The Easter Triduum in substations of Ankarana (Madagascar)

6 April 2024

We the Claretian Missionaries in Madagascar had our Holy week celebration in three places and we went two by two ( Claretian Sister and Claretian Priest). We reached the Places with lots of uncertainties because of the bad roads and heavy rains. However, it was really an enriching experience to have the celebration in the small substations with the parishioners. For many of them, it was the first time to have the liturgy celebrated with the presence of a priest. Thus it was very demanding in preparing , catechising and celebrating the liturgy with them. Actually the faithful were few on Maundy Thursday and good Friday, comparing to Easter Sunday. People still do not know the importance of the Holy week and its meaning. However we appreciate the few people’s faith, dedication and participation which brought forth a meaningful celebration.  This experience of Easter Triduum made us to feel the importance of evangelization.

We are still beginning, but it is important to win their confidence, enter into their culture and reality, and understand them compassionately, which is a big challenge for us as foreign missionaries.

May the risen Lord be our hope, joy and strength in this mission!

During these days, the text “María Antonia París, friend and companion in the journey” is being distributed.