On Ash Wednesday, February 13, we begin our journey to Easter. The church will look quite different; it will have a Lenten look: The Cross, the burlap, the ashes, the banners, the purple. The Scripture readings and the music will sound different too as part of the Lenten repertoire. But that still remains limited to what happens in the church building. The ideal is that it also inspires and reflects what we do at home, at our work even, at our places and times of entertainment. What we hear, see and experience at church is meant to underline the fact that as Christians (which is not restricted to the time we spend in the church building) we are signing up for our journey to Easter when we will have our Baptism renewed! That is what it is all about: getting ready for Easter!
We begin that journey towards Easter with receiving the ashes at the Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.Receiving the ashes is a sign that we want to be serious about the upcoming season of renewal and conversion. And all this in view of Easter, when we will have the ashes of Lent replaced by the water of Baptism. We do not observe Lent for it’s own sake. It is meant to get us in shape to celebrate the central mystery of our faith: the Death And Resurrection of Jesus Christ. That central mystery of our faith is prepared in the 40 days of Lent; it is celebrated in the Three Great Days (3) of Holy Thursday evening, Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. And then we take 50 days to digest it all: the Easter Season concluding with the feast of Pentecost.
That is what the 40 – 3 – 50 on the top of page is all about. It is not some secret code; it is just an indication of where we are with our celebration of the central mystery of our faith.
You may want to take advantage of this time to take more time for prayer. You can do this by joining us at Mass every day at 9:00 a.m., at evening prayer on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., or at the Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7:00 p.m. Or perhaps, you might want to take the time at home to follow an on-line retreat. You will find a few options at the following link: