By JOEY Anzaku- Lafia.
As Christians all over the world mark Ash Wednesday, they have been reminded to observe the Pillars of Lent and draw closer to God in truth and spirit.
St Williams Cathedral Administrator, Reverend Father Alfred Azige, gave the charge while speaking on the significance of Ash Wednesday and Lenten season in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
Father Azige who noted that the beginning of Lent is marked with the blessing and imposition of ashes on the forehead of Christians on Ash Wednesday, said the religious practice is biblical, which symbolised human humility, fragility and mortality before God and being remorseful for their sins.
The Catholic Priest stressed that Lent is about total repentance as exemplified by the Israelites, called on Nigerians to genuinely repent of their sins by adhering strictly to the Pillars of Lent: Prayer, Almsgiving and Fasting, in order to attract God’s mercy and favour at all times.
Father Azige further urged Nigerians to use the Lenten Season to be discipline and committed, especially in praying for leaders at all levels, to enable them to encounter God’s Intervention in their leadership responsibilities.
He sued for peace and unity among Nigerians during and after the Lenten period, and the need to adhere strictly to the COVID-nineteen preventive measures, especially during the Station of the Cross, to contain the further spread of the deadly virus.
Reverend Father Alfred Azige who explained that sick people and pregnant women are not allowed to participate in Fasting due to their health challenges, noted that Christians across the globe are expected to Fast for forty days beginning on Ash Wednesday as exemplified by Christ, in preparation of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection on Easter Sunday.