Christians in Kenya join world in marking beginning of Lent period on Ash Wednesday

A faithful after smeared with ash on her forehead during Ash Wednesday at the Holy Family Basilica on March 06, 2019. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO

Every year, Catholics and Christians in general celebrate the Lent period, which is preceeded with Ash Wednesday.

In Kenya,Christians marked the beginning of the lent period with church services along with the rest of the world to mark Ash Wednesday.

The lent period of 40 days is characterised by penance and repentance among Christians.


Ash Wednesday is observed across the world by Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians to mark the beginning of the 40 days of Lent.

At the Holy Family Basilica, John Cardinal Njue announced that the theme’s for this year’s lent for Kenyan Catholics will be ‘Uniting, healing and renewal of our nation‘.


The Lent period culminates in Easter celebrations, which mark the end of fasting.

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