BISHOP SAYS LENTEN TRADITIONS STILL ALIVE BUT CHURCH ATTENDANCE ON DECLINE

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in St. Lucia does not agree that the Lenten traditions are dying. Archbishop Robert Rivas agrees that there are many other activities taking place during the Lenten period this has not affected the sombre tone of the season for most Christians.

Lent began on Ash Wednesday March 6th and ends on Thursday April 18th.

It is the six week period leading up to Easter and is one of the most important times of year for many Christians around the world.

Lent is more frequently seen as a time of solemn observance and preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. 

From its start on Ash Wednesday until its conclusion on Easter Sunday, Lent has been a traditional time for fasting or giving something up or abstinence. It is a time to reflect on Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

Roman Catholic Churches across the island host Lenten missions or retreats for both men and women.

According to Archbishop Robert Rivas, the retreats have gone well.

The Lenten season he observed is still being observed despite low attendance at church and other non-religious activities.

It’s a period the Archbishop says when Catholics celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation 

Lent lasts for 40 days, in commemoration of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry, during which he endured temptation by Satan.

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