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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ash Wednesday

inside our sanctuary at Trinity United Methodist

Tonight, we will partake in our Christian tradition of Ash Wednesday. Joe, the children and I will attend services, at our church. This will include communion, receiving of the ashes( in the sign of the cross placed on the forehead), and a service of prayer.
Lenten Fast
We will also dedicate ourselves to our Lenten fast. (giving something up for the duration of Lent) This is done to symbolize emptying ourselves so that we may be filled.

Goodness, I hope I come up with something between now and then that I think I can live without for forty days. My husband suggested the computer..... HAHAHAHA! He is out of his cotton picking mind if he thinks I could go that long without blogging! Maybe french fries. The children could do that one to!
Remember, NO MEAT on FRIDAYS during Lent
good thing we can eat crawfish!
In the Old Testament ashes were a sign of penitence- a sign of turning from sin to God. Lent begins with the use of this ancient sign. On Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, ashes placed on the forehead express the penitential nature of the season. The ashes are from the palms of the previous Palm Sunday. Ashes also represent the death of the human body and symbolize the shortness of earthly life and to remind the person receiving the ashes of whence he came, from the dust of the earth, and to which he will return when he is buried.

I will post pictures when we return!

1 comment:

Libby Murphy said...

What a beautiful church home. I'm a member of First Methodist Church in Jackson TN and it's also a beautiful older church. Have a great day and bravo for no more burger and fries for a while.