This year’s Lent has special significance because Ash Wednesday, 6th March, marks the celebration of Ghana’s 62nd anniversary of independence, said the Ghana Bishops’ Conference.
“We consider this occurrence not just as a mere coincidence or accident of history, but a special moment of grace intended by God as an occasion for sober reflection on our lives as Christians and our contributions to Ghana as citizens of this dear nation of ours,” the bishops said.
It is also “a true moment of grace for our Church and our nation to pray together in gratitude to God and to seek God’s blessings in the days ahead,” the bishops said in a Lenten message issued on 2nd March.
They set aside 3rd to 10th March as the Week of Peace and Reconciliation, a period to pray for God’s favour on Ghana.
As the nation celebrates its independence, “We cannot but continue to thank God for the peace and stability we enjoy and the significant gains we are making toward economic development and prosperity.”
Ghana declared independence from Great Britain in 1957.
Picture: Young women walk along a street near Princess, Ghana, on 23rd November 2018. This Ash Wednesday, 6th March, marks the celebration of Ghana’s 62nd anniversary of independence. (CNS photo/Zohra Bensemra, Reuters).