Children exit a church after receiving ashes during an Ash Wednesday Mass in Guatemala City. Catholics around the world began the penitential season of Lent with prayer, fasting and the mark of ashes. (CNS photo/Joe Penney, Reuters)
Today we begin that long walk towards Holy Week, which culminates in celebrating the greatest event in human history: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Something that never fails to inspire awe in me however, is just how diverse our expressions of faith are. Encountering different Catholic rituals around the world, sometimes I’m intrigued, other times shocked.
Nevertheless, all of these devotions are an opportunity to reflect more deeply on Christ.
In the coming days, I’ll share with you images of Lent from around the world in a blog series entitled:
A Walk with the Lord. I hope you’ll enjoy!
All photos are courtesy of our friends at Catholic News Service.
A Palestinian Christian prays in the Church of Nativity on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, West Bank.
CNS photo/Debbie Hill
Fireworks light up the night sky near a giant Christmas tree along a bay walk in Palawan, Philippines, Dec. 1, 2011. The Philippines, a mainly Roman Catholic country, is known for its rich pageantry around the Advent and Christmas season.
CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters
Children touch the wings of a man dressed as an angel as he holds a sign reading “Christmas with Jesus is happiness” in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Dec. 13, 2011. Members of the Christian church Psalm 100 regularly dress as angels holding signs with religious messages for people to read.
CNS photo/Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters
St. Mary’s Cathedral is illuminated by a 246-foot projected Lights of Christmas display Dec. 13, 2012 in Sydney.
CNS photo/Tim Wimborne, Reuters
A foggy Christmas Eve at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
CNS photo/Daniel Soñé
Bishop Martin Igwemezie Uzoukwu of Minna, Nigeria, walks near the coffins of some of the victims of a 2012 Christmas bombing at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Nigeria, during a funeral for the victims.
CNS photo/Afolabi Sotunde, Reuters
Palestinian Catholic Samar Basir, 26, lights a candle while holding his niece, Salina, at the Church of Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem Dec. 24, 2009.
CNS photo/Debbie Hill