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Lent 2024: Bishop Jean Michaël Durhône’s Pastoral Letter To Be Published After Easter

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Lent is a forty-day preparation for the feast of Easter, the heart of the Christian faith, which celebrates the resurrection of Christ. Lent 2024 begins on Ash Wednesday, Wednesday February 14, 2024, and ends on Holy Thursday, Thursday March 28, 2024, before the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday on March 24, 2024, commemorates the Lord’s Supper, the Passion and death of Christ on the Cross. On Holy Saturday evening and Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024, Christians celebrate Christ’s resurrection.

Mgr Jean Michaël Durhône, Bishop of Port-Louis, has chosen to publish this letter on the 2nd Sunday after Easter. In a message to his faithful, he declares that his letter will aim to awaken our political and civic conscience, and will be addressed in particular to young people. For the Bishop of Port-Louis: “This letter will accompany us throughout the year, at the different high points of the Church, to challenge us on our social and political commitment to the country. Just as Christ, after his Resurrection at Easter, sent his disciples to continue his mission in the service of the world”.

Here is the message from the Bishop of Port-Louis to his faithful:

“On February 14, Ash Wednesday, we enter the season of Lent, leading up to Easter. Through prayer, sharing and penance, we are invited to turn towards God and towards our sisters and brothers.

The 40h, pilgrimages to churches and the Stations of the Cross are all ways in which we can get to know this God of love and mercy. In this way, we rediscover our sense of community and become aware of the importance of solidarity and openness to others.

Each year, during Lent, the Bishop of Port-Louis proposes a Pastoral Letter to the faithful. I thank the Lord for Cardinal Margéot and Cardinal Piat’s rich Pastoral Letters, which invited us to reflect on the major issues facing Mauritian society and the Church.

As Bishop of Port-Louis, I will continue to address pastoral letters to the faithful. This year, my pastoral letter, which aims to awaken our political and civic conscience, will be addressed more particularly to young people. However, I have chosen to publish this letter on the 2nd Sunday after Easter.

This letter will accompany us throughout the year, at the Church’s various high points, to challenge us on our social and political commitment at national level. Just as Christ, after his Resurrection at Easter, sent his disciples to continue his mission of service to the world.

With Pope Francis, who has decreed 2024 the Year of Prayer, let us entrust to God our will to walk together for a more united and fraternal Mauritius. I wish you all a happy Lent with your family.”Trending

Listen to Father Patrick Fabien’s explanations on Ash Wednesday:

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