2021-04-19 COLOMBIA

Marist Easter in Norandina Province

The DNA of our hope

From March 31 to April 4, the Province of Norandina celebrated in the city of Ibagué the “Marist Easter 2021: the DNA of our Hope” where participants from the whole province (Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela) lived an encounter with Jesus through the experience of his Passion, Death and Resurrection.

The Champagnat School of Ibagué was witness of a Lenten journey that, during 40 days prior to Easter, the participants lived in order to assume in fullness the proposal of our Lord. It was an opportunity to live an experience of faith to facilitate for the Marists of Champagnat, moments of personal and community reflection where it was possible to meet the God of Life and at the same time to transmit a message of hope from the encounter with the Risen One.

Although in conditions of pandemic and confinement, there were about 256 people registered from the whole province: Brothers from the three countries, a good number of lay members of the different fraternities, and volunteers from the Marist children’s and youth ministry; Marists of Champagnat who are in different parts of the world also participated,  connected through the different platforms that were used.

Organized in 18 Easter communities, the participants were able to attend the catechesis of the Easter Triduum, guided by Brother José Miguel Caballero, Father Germán Medina and Father Carlos Iván Martínez, who proposed the different reflections around the guiding thread of the DNA of Jesus, as the one who invites us to live the service, the generous surrender on the cross and the experience of a new genetic code to assume the resurrection.

The central celebrations were transmitted live through the social networks of the Province, with more than two thousand views in the different events. It is worth mentioning the presence of 43 guests who, following all the bio security protocols, accompanied the celebrations every day from the place of origin of the transmission.

Days after the end of the Holy Days, the positive impact that this experience has had on those who took part in it is clear.

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