2021 LENT BEGINS
The need to depend on God’s Power for divine intervention for permanent solution for the problems confronting the country has again Been brought to the fore as Catholic faithful begin lent Period.
The lenting season is a period traditionally observed with fasting and prayers as well as arms giving.
COVID-19 protocols was strictly observed at the Mass in most worship Centres visited with ashes on the forehead of the worshippers.
Ash Wednesday also known as the day of the Ashes marks the beginning of the 40-day Lenten period which end with Easter celebration.
In the Christendom, it is a day of somber reflection on the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Ashes are gathered from the burned palms of the previous year’s Palm Sunday.
When the officiating Priest applies the Ash on the forehead of the Faithful, he says “Remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return ” Ash Wednesday has a non-Christian origin but was accepted into the Faith at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.
The Council also settled on the 40-day fast period as the standard length to celebrate Lent.
In 601, Pope Gregory moved the beginning of Lent from Fourth Sunday of the year to Ash Wednesday.
He also instituted the tradition of marking the Faithful’s foreheads with ashes in the shape of a Cross. Some Protestant denominations such as Anglican, Episcopalians, Lutherans, United Methodists and Presbyterians observe Ash Wednesday celebration.