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This weekend we have been pleasantly surprised by the initiative that the Yolŋu took to celebrate the Passover.

 
A Hosanna parade in the week before Easter . Children followed by women and adult men walked around in the community whilst waving palm leaves and crying Hosanna.

On Good Friday evening, there was a church service that would begin at seven o'clock in the evening and finally started at ten o'clock , so Janneke had to come home already during the Bible reading at home because it would get rather late otherwise. From our bed we heard them later at half past twelve-twelve o'clock starting with the sermon.

 

Then early Sunday morning ( 6 am ! ) a number of people came together at the beach to witness a play of Jesus' resurrection. Two old ladies , including the lady in the picture, had been labouring till three o'clock at night to build the tomb from which Jesus would raise the next morning.


The empty tomb.


 Jesus is risen! Here's the proof; captured on camera.

Then some Easter songs in Yolŋu matha were sung accompanied by a guitar. (video clip)

 
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Then at ten o'clock there was a Sunday morning service, which began at eleven o'clock , with Mark, an elder, preaching in Yolŋu matha. We couldn't really understand what was said.

 

During the service a worship dance took place that two girls had rehearsed. (video clip)


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We pray and hope that these initiatives will continue and that they will not, as we have seen more often, fade, usually after a traditional funeral, to not even gathering as church anymore. The Lord is risen indeed, for Dutch and Yolŋu!

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