Wednesday, March 1, marks the beginning of Lent, the period dedicated by Christians around the world to fasting and prayer.

The 40-day Lenten period is a season of abstinence from food and earthly pleasures. It is also a period of penitence when believers of the Christian faith are expected to seek forgiveness from their sins and focus on the spiritual essence of their being.

Christians throughout these forty days are enjoined to focus on the cross of Jesus Christ and to show the virtues of obedience and humility.