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Mar 4, 2003

Election doesn’t obscure Ash Wednesday

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On Wednesday, in addition to going to the polls, many Belizeans will be going to church to mark Ash Wednesday, the official start of the Lenten season. Even though politics has dominated the media for the past month, religious leaders insist the event will not been overshadowed. This morning we spoke to Anglican Bishop Sylvester Romero Palma to see how his diocese will handle the holy day and the holiday amidst all the hoopla.

Bishop Sylvester Romero Palma, Anglican Diocese

“I think the only problem that we would be having is that usually the priest would go into the schools because we have large schools and it’s dangerous for them to come from the school to the church, so the priest would go into the schools to do services in some of the schools. But for this Ash Wednesday, which I think would be must more beneficial for the whole family because we are asking families to bring their children to church. Other years it would be just the children who would come to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday. But on this occasion we are asking parents to please come with their children to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday and to attend the services we have planned.”

“I think sometimes we take our spiritual life not seriously and for granted, we do need to take care of spiritual life. Lent is a time in which we try to strengthen that spiritual life which is our relationship with God. If we have a good relationship with God, we too can be happy doing what we have to do.”

According to Bishop Romero, the schedule at many churches includes services at six a.m., eight a.m., ten a.m. and an evening service, but it won’t hurt to double check with your parish priest.

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