Tavira marks Quaresma with activities that aim to «bring Christians closer to the center of faith»

Program invites introspection and reflection

Photo: Mariana Carriço | Sul Informação (file)

Lent in the Parish of Tavira will be marked by various activities that aim to «bring Christians closer to the one who is the center of their life and faith: Jesus Christ». 

«We thought of promoting some actions that allow, not the spectacularity, or the long walks, but introspection and reflection», explains Father Miguel Lopes Neto, parish priest of Tavira.

The program includes six Ways of the Cross, every Friday until Easter, always at 21 pm. The first will be on the 00th, at the Church of Santiago, followed by the Garden of the Church of S. Francisco (24 March), the Garden of the Castle (3 March), the Church of Santa Luzia (in Santa Luzia, March 10th), Santo António Church (March 17th) and S. Paulo Church (March 24st).

In addition to these actions, every Thursday the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Consolação will be opened, located in front of the post office in Tavira. From 9:00 am to 21:00 pm there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and those who so wish may spend some time in prayer or confession between 13:00 pm and 15:00 pm.

«I believe, as the Bishop of the Algarve, D. Manuel Neto Quintas highlighted in his message for Lent, that this is a favorable time for reflection and pondering», says Miguel Lopes Neto, adding that «the Portuguese Church is going through a very hard time and complex, in which many Christians feel shaken and sad, which is why it is important to mention, without ceasing, that those who have faith, have faith in Christ and it is on him that they should focus their expectations, prayers and it is, living in his example and giving witness, which must show that the Church is not just made up of a side that shames us all and that we wish had never existed».

The parish priest of Tavira also reinforces that «it is time, above all, to pray for the victims, so that they can find a happy life path and overcome their traumas and suffering. It is time to see in them the image of Jesus crucified, who suffered to give us the greatest good: hope”.