Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivratri, meaning the great night of Shiva, is a yearly festival honoring Shiva, one of the main gods of the Hindu religion.  This year this holiday is observed on February 20th. The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bael leaves to Shiva along with several other offerings; all day fasting and an all night long vigil. Rituals and yoga are performed to gain boons in order to reach the goal of moksha (salvation) more swiftly and avoid rebirth.
Please pray for people who are spending the day in homage to Shiva. Pray that they will realize that the penances they perform will avail nothing. Pray that they will understand the powerlessness of Shiva, and that salvation comes only through Jesus Christ.

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