Today is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of the Lenten season for Catholics. It is a holy day in the Christian calendar and a day of fasting and repentance.
The Lenten season which lasts for 40 days is a season for reflection and preparation before the Easter celebrations.
My family and I used to attend the early morning mass on Ash Wednesdays to receive the ash, however, this year, due to the pandemic, masses are conducted online.
The priest places a sign of the cross with the ashes, (from burnt palm leaves used to celebrate Palm Sunday, the previous year), on the foreheads of the congregation. Before placing the ashes, he says,
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return.”
The ashes are a sign of both death and repentance. During Lent, Christians mourn the death of Christ on the cross and usually refrain from any celebrations.
Fasting and abstinence takes precedence on this journey of cleansing and spiritual healing.
We give up our favorite food and lavish spending during this period.
And, most of all, we become humble servants of God.
It is when good is reflected from you, that it becomes the cornerstone of your life, thus emanating peace and joy to the people surrounding you.
Here are the lyrics to a beautiful song I want to share today.
We Rise Again from Ashes (Tom Crony)
We rise again from ashes, from the good we’ve failed to do.
We rise again from ashes, to create ourselves anew.
If all our world is ashes, then must our lives be true?
An offering of ashes, an offering to You.
Then rise again from ashes, let healing come to pain.
Though spring has turned to winter, and sunshine turned to rain.
The rain we’ll use for growing, and create the world anew,
From an offering of ashes, an offering to You.
Have a blessed Lenten journey everyone – shobana