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Season Of Lent Approaches

Catholics and Anglicans in Fiji and around the world are preparing for their annual fasting period. On Wednesday, February 18, they will observe the Season of Lent by celebrating Ash
09 Feb 2015 07:49
Season Of Lent Approaches
Benjamin Molia (right), with his uncle Thomas Low during church service at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Catholics and Anglicans in Fiji and around the world are preparing for their annual fasting period.

On Wednesday, February 18, they will observe the Season of Lent by celebrating Ash Wednesday.

It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting to prepare them for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, to attain redemption.

Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church to help believers develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.

It occurs in 46 days (40 weekdays plus 6 Sundays) before Easter.

Catholic church member, Jyoti Erasito, said Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the 40-day period of fasting.

“On this day, some abstain from eating meat and atone for their sins by fasting and giving up certain food, beverages, smoking and certain behaviours among others,” Mrs Erasito said.

“This is the best for me as I always take time out to reminisce my life.”

During this day, the sign of the cross, made from ash, is placed on the foreheads by the priest of those who attend the mass celebration.

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