Administration of Ash on forehead not mark of being true Christian
Venerable Ekene Nwafor, Vicar in charge of Church of The Pentecost, Awka Anglican Communion, Diocese of Awka, has said that the administration of Ash on forehead on parishioners do not make them best of Christians, but is a sign of humility to assess ones way of living amongst the non believers
Nwafor said this on Wednesday, during a homily to mark Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Christians’ lenten season for year 2023.
Nwafor, who picked his bible passage from Joel 2 vs 12, which says “Therefore also now, said the Lord, turn ye even unto me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and with mourning.”
He said that God commanded the faithful to rend their heart in prayers, mourning and fasting in order to seek His face in sincerity and with clear hearts.
Nwafor said that what makes or destroys a man comes from his heart.
“Transformation of a man starts from the heart which is the making of the man,” he said.
The Vicar reminded Christians that the Lenten period is a time of humility, re-validating of one’s life and to be in shape as God demands.
He said that the administration of the Ash on members helps them to rebuild their faith and turn to God earnestly in all they do.
“You do not go to God with filthy garments, you are to rend your hearts in penitence and repent of all your secrets sins.
“Lenten season affords us Christians the golden opportunity to amend our wicked and sinful ways,” he said, asking “Do you worship God in honesty, and sincerity, in fear and holiness and righteousness. In secret of your secrets are you a child of God?
“When things go wrong in the family, mothers gather to pray, fathers gather to pray when the Nation is confused, youth listen to Elders to take counsel.
“In our offices and business places, do we behave like Christ.
“As Christians do we still watch pornographic movies, engage in homosexual, lesbianism, corrupt practices amongst other ills. This is the time to rend your hearts and repent,” he said.
Mrs Ndidi Okeke-Efi, a parishioner who participated in the ash administration, said this is a period for sober reflection.
Okeke-Efi enjoined Christians to re-assess themselves and be better Christians.
Mr Chiadi Josiah, a parishioner, described the annual ritual of the Christians as a tool to keep Christians in check and encourage them to follow God’s command as it where.
Also, Revd Ifeanyi Okoli the Vicar incharge of St Peter’s Church, Enugwu-Ukwu,Njikoka Local Government Area tasked his parishioners to humble themselves before God more at this season of penance .
Okoli encouraged the fathiful to make out time in their tight schedule to build a closer relationship with God during the lenten season.
The Razor reports that Ash Wednesday service is an annual religious acts of Christians across the globe to commence the 40-day fasting of prayer of penance as Jesus Christ did while on earth as recorded in their Holy book, called Bible.