Catholics throng Holy Family Basilica for Ash Wednesday

Nairobi’s Holy Family Basilica witnessed a heartfelt gathering as hundreds of Catholic faithful congregated to observe Ash Wednesday, heralding the commencement of the Lenten season.

Worshipers flocked to the church from as early as 6:00 am to partake in the inaugural mass, with an additional eight services scheduled throughout the day to accommodate the faithful.

In his address to the assembly, Reverend Michael Ndichu urged Christians to embrace commitment during the Lenten period, emphasizing the significance of practicing the three pillars of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

This year’s Lenten theme, ‘Integrity for a Just Nation,’ calls upon Catholics to reflect on the concept of integrity and its role in contributing to the establishment of a just and righteous society.

Reverend Ndichu’s message encouraged believers to delve into self-reflection, fostering spiritual growth and a renewed dedication to fundamental Christian values.

As the Lenten season unfolds, the faithful engage in prayerful contemplation, voluntary abstinence, and acts of charity, all aimed at cultivating a sense of integrity within the community.

The Ash Wednesday celebrations at Holy Family Basilica set the stage for a period of introspection and spiritual discipline, fostering a collective commitment to core values among the Catholic community in Nairobi.

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