Priest Urges Christians To Commit To Fasting And Good Deeds During Lent

Children entertain Christians at the Malakal Catholic Church in Upper Nile. [Ariik Atekdit]

The Vicar General in the Diocese of Malakal, Fr. Angelo Mojwok said “At this time, starting from Ash Wednesday we should commit our life to prayers, penance, and repentance and helping poor to suffer together with our Lord Jesus Christ who died so that mankind are liberated from Satan.”

Fr. Mojwok said it is an obligation of every Christian to remember the suffering of Jesus and gather their efforts to realize the redemption that the son of God came here for.

“Let’s repent and define our faith in Jesus Christ. And above all we must learn to forgive,” Fr. Mojwok said.

Lent is a solemn observance in the liturgical year of many Christian denominations, lasting for a period of approximately six weeks leading to Easter Sunday.

In the Catholic Church, the lent lasts until Holy Thursday, while other denominations run until Easter Eve.

Lent is traditionally described as lasting for forty days, in commemoration of the forty days which, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by the Devil.

Fr Mojwok said the time of Lent prepares Christian to be ready for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

He said “During Lent we should stop eating some food for instance, alcohol, meat and other bad practices that we do in our day to day life.”

In some places, the observant abstained from food for an entire day; others took only one meal each day, while others abstained from all food until mid-afternoon. In most places, however, the practice was to abstain from eating until the evening, when a small meal without vegetables or alcohol was eaten.

He urged the faithful to confirm their faith to God by fasting, repenting and forgiving other people.

Fr. Mojwok asked all Christians to maintain peace among them during time of lent.

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