Archbishop Eamon Martin has set up a new Facebook page for Lent, the Catholic Church has revealed.
The Derry native and former St Columb’s College teacher has launched a special web feature and the new Facebook page in time for Lent beginning on Ash Wednesday.
Lent is traditionally described as lasting for forty days, in commemoration of the forty days which Jesus spent fasting in the desert before the beginning of His public ministry, as detailed in the Gospels.
Speaking about his online presence, Archbishop Martin said: ““For many years we have provided online resources to assist with our Lenten preparations which seek to guide us as we prepare spiritually for the joy and hope which comes with the Easter season.
“During this season of Lent, I invite everyone to visit and avail of the information provided on our website and on Facebook and to join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #lent and #lent2015.”
He added: “I love the phrase which Pope Francis uses in his Message for Lent this year and where he describes Lent as a time for ‘formation of the heart’.
“During this Lenten season I invite everyone to look into their heart, see the things which might be closing our heart to God’s love and make a special effort to open ourselves up to the grace that God offers during this Lenten season.”
The website catholicbishops.ie offers Lenten information and resources, which are also available on the new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lent/506371582805408.
Lenten reflections which will be made available throughout Lent with the first one available for Ash Wednesday from Father Michael Drumm, chair of the Catholic Schools Partnership.
There will also be prayers posted along with suggestions on observing Friday Penance, explanations about Lent and Lenten practices and events taking place in parishes and dioceses across Ireland.
Details of Trócaire’s Lenten Campaign for 2015,, which focuses on northern Ethiopia and the suffering caused by ongoing drought as a result of climate change will also be posted.
Follow Archbishop Martin on Twitter @Archbishop Eamon.