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Ash Wednesday Marked At Sacred Heart Cathedral

Hundreds gathered at the Sacred Heart Cathedral yesterday to mark Ash Wednesday. It also marked the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. Lent is a six-week period leading up
02 Mar 2017 11:00
Ash Wednesday Marked At  Sacred Heart Cathedral
Baby Samara and her mother Michelle Valentine receive the ashes during an Ash Wednesday mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Hundreds gathered at the Sacred Heart Cathedral yesterday to mark Ash Wednesday.

It also marked the beginning of the Christian season of Lent.

Lent is a six-week period leading up to Easter which is characterised by prayer, fasting and abstinence. It is a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, which ends on Holy Saturday.

It is a time for repentance as well as taking on new life-giving practices.

Preaching to the congregation, Father Iowane Vodosiro said the most important thing is spiritual fast.

“It’s about changing our behaviour, mindset, and attitude. There is no use fasting if our life is filled with hate, no use if you abstain from yaqona, if you don’t help those who are in need out there,” he said.

He added that it was about spiritual conversion, spiritual hunger and thirst.

“We can repent without ash, but we can’t repent without Christ, to turn away from our sins.

“It’s not fair if we abstain from alcohol, but we don’t pray at home,” Father Vodosiro  said.

Father Vodosiro also added that most people were driven to church because of the fear of being thrown into hell.

“If we are here driven by fear, I’m sorry you are in the wrong place. But if you are here because God loves us so much, to experience the love of God, his compassion that always welcomes us, then welcome home,”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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