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Ash Wednesday Marks Advent of Lent before Easter

Ash Wednesday was celebrated yesterday and it also marked the beginning of the Lent season. In the Christian calendar, Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter which is
11 Feb 2016 13:41
Ash Wednesday  Marks Advent of Lent before Easter

Ash Wednesday was celebrated yesterday and it also marked the beginning of the Lent season.

In the Christian calendar, Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter which is characterised by prayer, fasting and abstinence.

Lent is a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.

It is a day of fasting for members of the Catholic and Anglican churches.

It is a time to give up things as well as take on new life-giving practices, helping us rid ourselves of distractions and our own selfish desires. By doing so, we seek to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

A Catholic magazine said – “Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection.

“In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.”

A Catholic bishop said – “Lent is a time for prayer and reflection, consecration and repentance, preparation and renewal.”

You don’t have to be Catholic, Anglican, Episcopal or any other brand of high church to observe Lent.

The discipline of setting aside about six weeks to prepare for Easter will do your spirit, and probably your body good.

In popular culture, about all we hear regarding Lent is “giving up” something: “I’m giving up chocolate for lent.

“I’m giving up drinking grog for Lent.”

Catholics during Lent refrain from eating all types of meat except fish meat.

Of course, many people do refrain from favourite foods, beverages or activities during Lent.

Many people see Lent as an opportunity to re-visit their efforts to give up one of the most dangerous habits. It’s pretty handy too, since experts say if you quit for four weeks, you’re more likely to quit for good.

The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are made by burning the palm crosses that were blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday.

During this Lent season let’s be focused on doing the right thing at our homes before reaching out to other places.

For all those on Lent remember to honour it especially when you had made a commitment with the Heavenly Father.

Have a blessed Lent season.

Maika Bolatiki

Feedback:  maikab@fijisun.com.fj



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