Students adoring the Blessed Sacrament on March 23.

By Chloe Aw

Catholic Junior College students and alumni gathered for a time of prayer and reflection during a Lenten event themed “Come As You Are”.

The Catholic Activities Wing of the college’s Student Council organised the March 23 Lenten Evening, part of CJC’s Lenten Project, in conjunction with the Office for Young People (OYP).

During the programme, held at the college, the more than 100 participants were invited to come before the Lord with their strengths and weaknesses, and surrender themselves to His gracious love, forgiveness and grace.

The evening saw CJCians performing an evangelical dance and OYP leading a praise and worship session.

There was also an examination of conscience during which participants were invited to meditate on a particular scene from the Way of the Cross and reflect on how it could apply to their lives.

Through structured reflections, they were invited to examine their lives and make resolutions to renew their relationship with God and others.

There was adoration and benediction with the Blessed Sacrament, and participants could approach various priests, such as college chaplain Jesuit Fr Gregory Tan, Carmelite Fr Ferdinand Purnomo and Jesuit Fr Weyms Sanchez for confession.

They also had their prayer intentions prayed for by the OYP Prayer Ministry.

Students lighting a candle at an Examination of Conscience station.

Many participants said they found the event helpful to their spiritual journey. Many also shared they were moved to tears by their experience of God’s love during the programme.

Student John Siew, 17, shared that the evening helped him to learn more about himself and his relationship with God, as well as reflect on his sins.

Another student, Clarissa Khor, 18, shared that the Lenten Evening “gave me the opportunity to return to God”.

Students taking part in praise and worship.

Apart from the Lenten Evening, the college also observed Lent in a variety of ways. These included staff and students taking part in a special Lenten Instagram photo reflections activity, and the sharing of Lenten reflections during morning assembly by students and the college chaplain.

The college also set up a booth at its foyer to explain the significance of Lent and Lenten practices, and organised an Ash Wednesday Mass, Stations of the Cross and a paraliturgy on the Washing of the Feet during Holy Week for Catholic students.

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