Ash Wednesday 2015

22 February 2015 | General Interest

Ash Wednesday, is the first day of Lent and an important season of our Church’s year. Our Year 2-6 students participated in Mass at 12noon, whilst our K-1 students had special Liturgies in their classrooms.

Although often not seen this way, Lent is a beautiful season of our Church. It provides the contrast which allows Easter to be the joyous time it is and Lent allows us to reconnect with our God, knowing that in our human imperfections we have inevitably strayed away. I was talking to some students about this yesterday and discussed some of the material things I “gave up for Lent” as a child. The children were most interested but wondered why this brings us “closer to God”, it was a good question. The act of “self-denial” alone doesn’t necessarily bring us closer to God it is more about taking the opportunity to be closer to God in prayer and in our actions towards others. This is the essence of Lent and the days leading up to Easter. If we can use this opportunity to think about ourselves and how we can be closer to God, we have used the time well.

My prayer for our community here at OLSOS is that in our own way, we make the time and effort during this Lent to think about, pray about and be closer to our loving God.

A Child’s Prayer for Lent:

Lord, please show me what I should give up for Lent

And when I've given it up

Remind me to pray to You instead

To thank You

To love You

To hear from You Each and every day in Lent

AMEN

 

 

 

 

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