2017 Lent: Christians sip water to cope with harsh weather in FCT
Some Christians resident in Abuja have resorted to observing wet fasting during the 2017 Lenten season due to the hot weather being experienced. Some of them said that their decision to sip water while fasting was in a bid to cope with the prevailing harsh weather condition.
Mrs. Anne Salihu, a catholic that resides in Garki said that in previous years she religiously observes her lent by doing dry fasting but the weather was not favourable this year.
According to her, any day she decides to fast till 6p.m before its 12noon, she is already feeling dizzy due to dehydration. She explained that for her to keep going, she sips water in order not to faint, adding that sipping water does not break the fast depending on your understanding and relationship with God.
Similarly, Samuel Aondoma, a civil servant, who described Lent as a solemn period for Christians to draw closer to God and live a chaste life requires fasting and abstinence. He explained that some people do not necessarily fast from food but from other things that give them pleasure and that was still okay.
Rev. Fr Stanley Aroh, Parish Priest St. Rita Catholic Church, Mararaba said that while observing lent, Catholics have to fast as their strength can carry them, adding that sipping water during fasting is not a sin.
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