The Holy Mass for Ash Wednesday was held in the College Chapel on Wednesday.
The main celebrant for the Eucharist was Fr Clarence D’souza, Vice Principal of Humanities, Dr Fr Praveen Martis, principal, and Fr Pradeep Anthony, a student, were present as con-celebrants at the event. The Eucharist celebration was attended by over 200 staff and students.
Preaching on the occasion, Fr Clarence said, “The occasion of Lent is an occasion and an invitation for each one of us to realise the gracious love of God through his son Jesus Christ. In his mercy and love he embraces each one of us as we are. Our God is not an Exacting God who keeps track of our failure and limitations. Hence, this season of Lent is a opportunity for all of us to no merely look within ourselves with a sense of guilt and fear, rather to look out with hope and faith.
He added that the season of Lent is the time to grow in faith, hope and charity because we realise each of us is created in the image and likeness of God, and we are invited to return to Him to become His own people.
The significant ritual during the Mass was applying of the ashes on the forehead of the devotees. The members of All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) conducted the liturgy and hymns.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning o the first day of Lent and it signals the preparation for Easter. It is a six-week period dedicated to reflection, prayer, and fasting.
It ends on Holy Thursday, the fifth day of the Holy Week that marks the Last Supper.
I MS Com