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Parishioners observe Lent

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, February 15, 2018

PARISHIONERS of the Holy Family Church in Labasa Town converged yesterday in numbers to observe Ash Wednesday — marking the beginning of the Lent season.

An important day in the Christian calendar, the period of Lent which progresses for the next 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), ends at sundown on Holy Saturday, the evening before Easter.

Among those who gathered at the church yesterday were Tuatua couple, Bhimlesh Naidu, a teacher at the Labasa Special School and his wife, Chandra Wati.

The two were one of the few who left the church late after the morning service, as they spent time to reflect on the meaning of Lent.

Ms Wati said the season of Lent was important for her as she reflected on her spiritual life and prayed to God for spiritual power to help her overcome her weaknesses.

She said since people normally gave up smoking, drinking and swearing for the season, she said this year was special for her.

"I am planning to give my all to God because He deserves it. This morning, my husband and I prayed for spiritual peace in our lives and for peace in Fiji and the world.

"A lot of times we focus on our lives only and forget about the big world out there and I think Lent reminds us to focus on others as Jesus Christ did, to sacrifice our time for good in our communities because that is the biggest sacrifice."

Mr Naidu said the biggest lesson any Christian would learn from the season was to live a life of sacrifice for the glory of God.

Speaking to parishioners yesterday, Father John Ryan reminded them that Christ was the perfect example for Christians.

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