On Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, a meeting which brought together catholic bishops in Rwanda concluded with a schedule of how Easter celebrations which will be held on April 12th, 2020, will be conducted this year.
An announcement signed by Mgr. Philippe Rukamba, Bishop of Butare Diocese and approved by the Pope shows a complete schedule of Easter rituals and how they will be conducted.
Each year, Christians around the world celebrate Easter or the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The holiday is preceded by a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance called ’Lent’. Easter season concludes with Pentecost, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon disciples of Jesus.
Easter will be celebrated as usual but in line with the established guidelines against coronavirus. Some rituals which require physical contact were postponed to early July 2020.
The Easter Triduum will be celebrated in all cathedrals and parishes of Rwanda but Christians will follow up on it on radio and television channels.
Priests will inform Christians in their parishes on Mass schedules. Radio Maria and all Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) channels will broadcast the celebrations.
Holy Thursday rituals such as foot-washing will not be conducted.
On Easter, no baptism rituals will be held and all canceled rituals during the Holy Week will be postponed between the 14th and 15th September 2020.