By Ononye VC
The Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha was early Wednesday besieged by a huge number of faithful which included priests,members of the religious,children and youths who converged to receive ashes on their forehead which symbolizes death and repentance.
The Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent in Christendom.
While delivering a sermon,the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha Most Rev Valerian Okeke urged the faithful to use the Lenten period to reflect and make amends where they had gone wrong,live a life of charity,fasting,penance and forgiveness.
He urged them to pray for peace to prevail in Anambra and the entire South East and above all join in the 40 days prayers and fasting declared by the Archbishop and bishops of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province for peace to reign in the South East.
The Archbishop was assisted in the mass by the Rector of the Basilica Rev Fr Dr Francis Nwokedi Ezumezu,associate rectors of the Basilica,resident priests and members of the religious.
The Archbishop began the Ash Wednesday ritual by praying and blessing the ashes after which he placed it on the forehead of priests who queued up for their turns.
The ritual continued after the mass as many priests and religious took time to place the ashes on hundreds of faithful within the Basilica.

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