Today, some Belizeans and other Christians all around the world are celebrating Ash Wednesday. It marks the beginning of the Lenten season which is focused on the suffering of Christ. To tell us more about the forty days of lent, Bishop Philip Wright from the Anglican Diocese of Belize explained to Love News what their church members are doing to foster a better relationship between themselves and God.
Ash Wednesday is observed mainly by the Roman Catholic Churches and by some Protestant denominations such as Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Lutherans. Today, in Belize and many other countries around the world, Christians received ashes in the form of a cross on the forehead. Our Newsroom spoke with Veronica Jones, a Lay Minister from the St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church. She explained other traditions that are observed during this time of solemnity.
The ashes are used to mark a cross on each person’s forehead. Jones says the ashes are intended to remind Christians at the start of Lent that we are sinners. She added that lent is a time for people to change.