Significance Of Lenten Season
Lent, in Christendom begins with Ash Wednesday.
The Lenten season is usually for a period of six and a half weeks before Easter, and provides for a 40-day fast in which Sundays are excluded
It is a solemn religious observance in the Christian calendar which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends the night before Easter Sunday.
Sundays are excluded from days of fasting in the Lenten season.
On Ash Wednesday, priests gather ashes from the previous Palm Sunday and rub them on congregants’ foreheads.
It is a time of preparation and focus, as well as reminiscent of Jesus Christ’s time in the wilderness.
The purpose of lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayers, repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self-denial.
Some churches that observe the forty days fasting are catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, and some Pentecostal churches few churches equally observe the last 7 days of the Lenten season.
The last week of lent is holy week, starting with Palm Sunday.
In Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, radio Nigeria microphone caught up with some residents who spoke on the Lenten season
Speaking on the Lenten season, the pastor in charge of first Baptist church, Odo Ona Elewe, Ibadan, the reverend Samson Ayorinde, pointed out that Christians should use the season to ask for mercy for the world
The reverend Ayorinde equally advised Christians not to go back to their sinful acts after the Lenten period
The Lenten period will end on the third of April, 2021