Lt Col (Fr) Lucas Gatobu applies ash to Mrs Irine Otieno during the Lent Mass.
Members of the Kenya Defence Forces, civilian staff and families joined other Christians around the world on Ash Wednesday to mark the start of Lent at the Defence Headquarters on 1st March 2017.
Ash Wednesday kicks off the 40 days of Lent excluding Sundays which mirrors the time Jesus spent in the Judean desert, fasting and battling the temptations of Satan. It is the highest most important feast in the church’s liturgical calendar. During this period each faithful is required to intensify on prayer, repentance and alms giving.
In the day’s reflection Fr Lucas Gatobu, reminded the faithful to do a thorough introspection and accept to mend their ways,encouraging them to be guided by the gospel throughout their fasting and praying, quoting Mathew Chapter 6 that says: “And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting,” it reads. “Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
To mark the Ash Wednesday, Fr. Gatobu applies ash on each faithful forehead which signifies the dust from which God made people. The ashes are meant to remind Christians about human mortality, while also showing the individual’s desire for repentance.
In conclusion, Fr Gatobu reminded the faithful to remember to support Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops with the Lenten campaign message, “Peaceful and Credible Elections, Leaders of Integrity” as the country approach general elections later this year.
Major General Thomas Chepkuto being administered with the Ash at St Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Maj Barbara Wanjiku receives the Holy Communion at Defence Headquarters.
Senior Sergeant Joshua Mureithi receives the Holy Communion during the Lent Mass.
Mrs Ruth Chepchumba reads the second reading at St Peter and Paul Catholic Church during the Lent Mass.
St Peter and Paul Catholic Church at Defence Headquarters.