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Lenten season!

27 Feb 2017, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Events

The Catholic Church once again is about to begin the Lenten season, the season of amazing grace. The Lenten season for 2017 begins on Wednesday, the first day of March, to Holy Saturday ( 15th April 2017 ). The whole Church will keep vigil with great faith in anticipation for Christ Jesus’s resurrection early on Sunday morning. Lent is a 40 days period of intense prayer and fasting, a period the Church especially calls us all to meditate on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ and repent of our sins. Lent’s period is 40 days even though there are 46 days between the first day of Lent (Ash Wednesday) and Easter. Lent remains forty days because the Sundays of Lent are not counted as part of the Lenten season.

Every Sunday is considered a resurrection Sunday; every Sunday is “Easter.” It is so considered because Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday, Sundays became the new Sabbath. The Sabbath of old was the day God rested after the work of creation, but Jesus, through his passion, death, and resurrection, recreated the world damaged by sin and rested on Sunday (He rose). Every Sunday, therefore, becomes a resurrection Sunday. (You can search more about Sunday and Sabbath on this blog)

During these 40 days of prayer and fasting, God reminds us in a special way that his promise of grace is bigger and stronger than our sins. Let us, therefore, be part of this great period of mercy, participate actively in all the activities of Lent and be part of the blessings.

Happy Lenten Season!