By Felix and EWTN
Christians across the world will on Wednesday start Lent with the Church’s tradition of Ash Wednesday.
The observation for the 40 days of Prayers, Fasting and Alms Giving is to be marked by the Christians across the globe. Lent pre-cedes the days for Easter which starts with Good Friday.
In the Catholic tradition, the songs are sorrowful and gentle allowing Christians to reflect on the suffering and conquering of death by Jesus in the resurrection on Easter Sunday. There is no clapping or ululations during mass.
The Church also suspends Joyful sacraments like Baptism, Ordination and Holy Matrimony. They are usually done after the Easter. And most Christians are asked to fast from what they prefer or like most in their lives. And in the current society, some prefer to fast from drinking alcohol, fish, and meat among others. This solely depends on one’s decision to reflect on. Giving to the poor is highly recommended.
Fr Geoffrey Edami, former Curate of Christ the King putting the Ash Wednesday last year and Christians during Way of the Cross. Photos by Felix
The Parish Priest of Christ the King, Fr Pius Yobuta, during his homily on Sunday said: “We should not forget to give for the needy and not segregate against the Lepers. They need our support and they are many on our streets in Arua town. So do not abandon the Lepers.”
Still looking for a Lenten resolution? Here are some ideas:
Give up complaining… focus on gratitude
Give up pessimism… become an optimist
Give up harsh judgments… think kindly thoughts
Give up worry… trust Divine Providence
Give up discouragement… be full of hope
Give up bitterness… turn to forgiveness
Give up hatred… return good for evil
Give up negativism… be positive
Give up anger… be more patient
Give up pettiness… become mature
Give up gloom… enjoy the beauty that is all around you
Give up jealousy… pray for trust
Give up gossiping… control your tongue
Give up sin… turn to virtue
Give up giving up… hang in there!