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Ash Wednesday: Christians exhorted to be prayerful

Christians in Cameroon have been exhorted to be more prayerful throughout the lent period which begins today ash Wednesday.

Clerics and Pastors have taken various turns to make the call, advising Christians all over the world to always be at peace with their neighbours.In various homilies, the clerics describe Ash Wednesday as one of the most important holy days in the Catholic Church’s calendar year.

“Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent; a season of fasting and prayers, and it includes wearing of ashes on the fore head as a sign of repentance and a reminder that we are dust and to dust we shall return. “Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday and is chiefly observed by Catholics.

“The Lenten season is a period of fasting and Christians are encouraged to intensify prayers, abstain from their sins and give alms. “It is a season of renewal of our faith in our creator by renouncing all fleshy desires that tend to weigh us down, and purifying our spirit for the greater glory of God.

“It should not just end at this lent season. Our prayer is that the fruit of the season will continue to germinate and bear more fruits in our daily lives,’’.

This year’s ash Wednesday coincides with lover’s day, commemorated every February 14.

 



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