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Ash Wednesday

17 Feb 2015, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Events

Tomorrow is ash Wednesday and it marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a season of penance, season of fasting and reflection in preparation to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.                                   
The ashes distributed on ash Wednesday are made from the blessed palms used in the palm Sunday of the previous year


The blessing and distribution of ashes on ash Wednesday is part of the rich heritage of the Catholic Church. There was a time in history when those that committed grievous sins were made to do public penance for their sins; the ash on our foreheads is a public declaration of our sinfulness and hence the need for repentance. The ash is a symbol of something inward, it is a reflection of what is expected to be going on deep within us; acknowledgment of our sins and the desire for repentance.The ash is a symbol of this repentance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church.

As we celebrate ash Wednesday tomorrow, let us open up to the spirit of repentance and we will be richly blessed.

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