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Hong Kong Methodists Prepare for Period of Lent

The Methodist Church of Hong Kong asks its congregants to partake in worldwide joint-prayer held during Lent.
( [email protected] ) Feb 03, 2005 09:16 PM EST

In responding to the appeal of the United Methodist Church (UMC), Hong Kong's Methodist Church has asked its members to pray, fast, and share faith "in the mode of Wesley."

The Methodist festival "Lent" will start on February 9 and last until March 20 of this year. The arrangement group of the Faith Sharing Movement of the Methodist Church of Hong Kong encouraged Hong Kong Methodists to take part in the faith practice of prayer, fasting, and faith sharing along together with other Methodist from all arround the world.

Lent, which is one of the eight important festivals of the Methodist Church, comes from the 40 day-fast of Jesus Christ in the desert. The whole period of Lent lasts for 40 days. In this time, believers fast, pray, meditate and practice their life according to church doctrine. Last Sunday, the Methodist church of Hong Kong encouraged members to participate in this practice of faith.

According to the United Methodist Church, this worldwide joint prayer event is for proclaiming the Gospel to the whole world. Meanwhile, the Methodist Church in Hong Kong hopes that through the prayers given during Lent, their members can take time to "meditate on their life, practice self-control, and seek the consummation of ones morality."