The holy season of lent begins this week, February 14, 2018, with Ash Wednesday.
Mass with distribution of ashes will be at 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM
Fast and abstinence from meat. In the Latin
is observed by fasting, abstinence from meat, and repentance – a day of contemplating one's transgressions.
Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.
Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he speaks the words: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, "Repent and believe in the Gospel."
Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.
Writings from the Second-century Church refer to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance.
Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even non-Christians and the excommunicated are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year's palm Sunday Mass.
Here at OLM we have Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent at 5:30 PM followed by a Lenten meal, please join us.
Prayers for a holy Lent and may we all be closer to our Blessed Savior and His most sorrowful Mother.
OLM Parish Staff
Sent by Gwyn Duke on Monday, February 12 at 1:25PM