Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a 40 day season in the Church year called Lent. Christians are called to a season of repentance, fasting, prayer and study of scripture, and charitable giving as a means of preparing for the great feast and celebration of Easter Day.
Followers are marked on their foreheads, the traditional place where baptismal waters are poured, with ashes that are made from burned palms. The words, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” are spoken.
These ashes remind us that we are finite, that our time in this world is short, and that we are called to listen and look for God, that we are called to be intentional in our practices, and that the choices we make each day really do make a difference.
As we enter this intentional time as followers of Christ, may the invitations that are shared here each day during this season be a reminder that each new day we have the opportunity to be a part of God’s work in the world, not only with our lips, but in our lives.
The Protestant Christian community of college students is invited to share in the Lenten journey this year here in this common space – a prayer blog with invitations from students across campuses. 40 days of praying with one another through song, silence, meditation, and reflection.
Take up the invitation. Try something new. Offer a special prayer. Just stop and take a breath and look around you. Build something. Give something away. Forgive yourself. Forgive others. Be present. And know that you are not alone. You are invited to keep a Holy Lent with Canterbury Downtown and the Christian community this year.
Chaplain Mary Cat and Megan Montgomery
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March 1, 2017 Ash Wednesday 2017