Most Rev. Gabriel Dunia, Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Auchi, has admonished Christian faithful on the need to use the Lenten period for fasting and giving alms to less privileged in the society.
Dunia said this at a mass to celebrate Ash Wednesday in Auchi, in Etsako West Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo.
The cleric also urged Christian faithful to actively participate in the 40-day adoration prayers during the lent period.
“The lord God has taught us that prayer, fasting and alms giving are remedies for our sins, by this we empty ourselves and see nothing in the World.
“The prayers of thousands of Christians observing lent would go a long way to ensure a peaceful and prosperous country for all citizens, ” he said.
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The Bishop said that the Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten period, which usher in Easter celebration.
He enjoined Christian faithful to use the Lenten period to reconcile with both man and God, as well as give up sinful habits.
“The three cardinal points during the Lenten season are prayers, fasting and arms-giving. When Christian faithful try to practice the three virtues, they bring them closer to God,” he said.