Tuesday, 21 February 2012

The Season Of Lent

Ash Wednesday  - Repent and Believe in The Gospel

The season of lent has a very deep impact in the life of every Christian, helping them to fight their day to day temptations through prayer, fasting and alms giving. These are by far the greatest graces which God gives us all so that we can see his love for us and turn back to him.
Every year the Lenten season starts off with Ash Wednesday which comes to remind each one of us to humble ourselves as our time on this earth is for an indefinite period.

In this post I have just answered a few questions which usually spark up in a person’s mind about Ash Wednesday, along with some resources which will help you make this lent of yours pass with prayers and fasting.

Just to inform you all, I am no theologian or priest but have some knowledge about my religion and hence am sharing it here with all my Christian brothers and sisters. You’re invited to read this post even if you are not a catholic.

Roots of Ash Wednesday

The implication of ashes is not something which was invented newly by the church but was a ceremony observed ages back by Christians, where on this particular day the hair shirts of the people who had committed grave sins were blessed and ashes were sprinkled upon them made from the palms of the previous year.

The penitents were then turned out of the church who in turn asked the faithful to pray for them during the forty days of lent. These penitents were later admitted into the church on Maundy Thursday having won reconciliation through sacramental absolution, prayer and fasting.    

Q: When does Ash Wednesday Usually Fall?
A: Ash Wednesday is a movable fast. It does not have any fixed date but is always held 46 days before Easter.

Q: Where do the Ashes Come From?
A: The ashes are usually acquired through the burning of the palms of previous years palm Sunday celebration which is then blessed with holy water and scented with incense.

What Can You Do this Lent?

  • Make alms giving a part of your life, where your right hand does not know what the left hand does and vice versa.

  • As parents encourage your children to reflect on the penance they are going to make this year in lent, parents you can be a prime example to them you can give up (TV, movies, lavish foods etc) as a full family as well.

  • Do what is just and have patience with whatever we do; if we are patient with things it automatically humbles us.
Want to know where there are forty days of fasting? http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=1022

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