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May 27, 2018

Valentine /Ash Wednesday is a Godincidence not a Coincidence – Archbishop Obinna

  The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has explained that this year’s feast of St Valentine and Ash Wednesday occurring the same day is a special Godincidence rather than a coincidence because all times all events that touch humans have their remote and proximate genesis in God. Speaking in an interview with THE LEADER, Thursday, Archbishop Obinna talked about the simultaneous celebration of Ash Wednesday and St Valentine Day, and the relationship between the two. “So deep down I have seen the connection between Ash Wednesday and St Valentine day, because St Valentine himself was not only…

This Lent

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  The season of Lent, a 40- day period of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and other spiritual endeavors in preparation for Easter begins on Wednesday this week. This year’s Lent is very special because it kicks off on an Ash Wednesday that falls on February 14th, Valentine’s Day. St. Valentine, was a Catholic priest, who was murdered by Emperor Claudius because he flouted the emperor’s order by wedding a young soldier who was in love with a young lady. He is regarded world-wide as the Patron Saint of lovers. Both Jesus Christ and St Valentine died for Love. So both Ash…

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  The 2018 Valentine’s Day coincides with Ash Wednesday, and there is some panic in that sense. Many see that as a clash, not sure how correct that is. On its own, Valentine’s Day evokes a feeling of amusement, merrymaking and revelry. Ash Wednesday, on the other hand, elicits austerity, introspection and reflection. It introduces the forty days of prayer, fasting and abstinence to commemorate Christ’s suffering and death. Different dioceses and churches have put out some directives to the faithful regarding the primacy of Lent over Valentine’s Day. For instance, the Archdiocese of Baltimore in the United States reminds…

Ash Wednesday: Remember you are dust

THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF ASH WEDNESDAY LITURGY Historically, the ashes of burned objects such as plants, animals, human bodies and dust are commonly found in use among ancient peoples for religious, magical and medical purposes. Among these ashes there are certain ashes or dust that have sacred character and power, above all, ashes or dust signify mortality,’ mourning and penance or repentance. In line with this ritual, Christian liturgical usage and symbolism of ashes or dust is traced to Jewish tradition. Presently, the Roman liturgy uses ashes only on Ash Wednesday liturgy. The practice of all the faithful receiving ashes…

Pope commissions Missionaries of Mercy

Pope Francis commissioned hundreds of “Missionaries of Mercy” during Mass on Ash Wednesday at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In his Bull announcing the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Holy Father said the Missionaries of Mercy “would be a sign of the Church’s maternal solicitude for the People of God, enabling them to enter the profound richness of this mystery so fundamental to the faith.” Priests chosen to be Missionaries of Mercy have also been given the authority to pardon “even those sins reserved to the Holy See.” Above all, the Pope said, they will be “living signs of the…

Celebrating Ash Wednesday And Lent In A Troubled Nigeria

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This coming Wednesday, the Church allover the world, Catholics and non-Catholics alike celebrates the peculiar feast of Ashes. This day has popularly been labeled“Ash Wednesday” on account of the ritual Ash in which almost all the Christians willingly participate. The ritual celebration of Ashes on this Wednesday marks the solemn beginning of the Lenten season. The rite of blessing and distribu­tion of burnt ashes on the forehead of every participating Christian is the major liturgy of the day. It lasts from morning to night and ashes are sent to those in the hospitals, those incapacitated, bedridden and those inprisons. To…

Reflection on Ash Wednesday / Lent

February 18 is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. The Owerri Archdiocesan Evangelization / Media Commission invites the public to listen to a Reflection on Ash Wednesday / Lent on Wednesday, February 18 at 7am on Orient FM, Heartland FM and HOT FM. Don’t miss it. – Director