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Christians mark Ash Wednesday …As Lenten Season kicks off By Emma Onumah

The adherents in the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, last Wednesday, joined the Christendom, worldwide/ to mark the “Ash Wednesday/’ which is the first day of every Lenten season.

Delivering a homily at the Chapel of St. Mark, Bishop’s Bourne, Anglican Diocese of Owerri, the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Cyril C Okorocha Ph.D stated that Lent is a period of sober reflection, when Christians are expected to make a turn-around in penitence, open their hearts to Jesus Christ, and also try to re-discover the purpose of their creation by God.

He stressed the need for the Pastorate and Laity to use the period to pray fervently for the church and the nation.

The Prelate used the opportunity to announce plans for the clergymen in the Diocese and their wives, to come to the Chapel for a two-day Special Lenten Retreat, beginning from Wednesday 20th February, 2013, and warned that attendance to the retreat was compulsory for the clerics and their wives.

According to him, the retreat which is intended to re-orientate the priests and their wives for greater transformation experience will be concluded within the Holy Week in March this year.

Bishop Okorocha also announced that the collation and installation of some priests recently elevated to the post of Canon and Archdeacon respectively, has now been shifted to the low Saturday, that is on Saturday, 30th March, 2013 and no longer on the Saturday, preceding Palm Sunday, as previously scheduled.

In another Ash Wednesday service held at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, the Cathedral Administrator, Venerable Paul Nwozuzu, noted that the Lenten period is a time to withdraw from the crowd and seek God’s face, adding that withdrawing for a quiet time will make a Christian see things differently and be filled with the anointing .of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus Himself did for a period of forty days in the wilderness.

He argued that whatever Christians insist on doing for God this time and always, God would grant them the grace to do so.

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