Lenten Season 2013

“Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

The Roman Catholic tradition dictates that Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting. Today, we Catholic Christians celebrate Ash Wednesday where we go to hear mass and let the priest or the lay ministers mark our foreheads with a cross of ashes.

The Ash Wednesday is observed by fasting, abstinence from meat, and repentance. It is a day of contemplating one’s life in a spiritual, meditative way. Nowadays, the abstinence from meat is only observed during Ash Wednesday and Good Friday unlike during the earlier times.

During the past years, I’ve practiced not eating meat but always fail to comply that’s why I changed it. I did gave up sweets, facebook, social media platforms and some other stuff. This year, I’m not sure what to give up or what sacrifice to make. I know there are so many things to make it on the list but I try to be practical and convincing too. I won’t give up something for now and then after a week break the pattern. I want something that I can really do for the whole 40 days.

Sacrifices need not to be something negative like starving yourself or the like. I think doing something that you don’t normally do can pass as a sacrifice too, right? Say for example you normally wake up in the morning not fixing your beddings as you go. In as simple as folding your blanket and putting in on place can be your “sacrifice“.

I’m still thinking what to do right up to this moment. I hope I can think of something by the end of the day.

May we all have a meaningful and blessed season of Lent. God bless!

A Lenten Prayer

Almighty and Everlasting God,
You have given the human race
Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility.
He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man
And giving His life on the Cross.
Help us to bear witness to You
By following His example of suffering
And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.

Our Father…

MARY, Mother of Jesus,
you were Jesus’ gift for us from the Cross.
He gave you to us as our mother.
Intercede for all our needs.

Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

What’s your Lenten Sacrifice?

You can also check previous posts:
Lenten Season 2012
Lenten Season 2011

Lenten Season 2012

The Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Lenten Season. Roman Catholics go to mass today as this is a day of obligation. This also means that this is the first day of 40 days of fasting or giving up certain types of luxury as a form of repentance. It is the season dedicated in a special way to fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.

Ash Wednesday

Most of the Catholics know that ashes are used to remind us that we all started from ashes and to ashes we all return. Also, these ashes were from burnt palms used during last year’s celebration of Palm Sunday. This Christian tradition is normally taught to students in their primary grade in most of the Catholic Schools.

Lent

The sacrifices we do for the season is better kept to ourselves. No one should know that you’re giving up something so that only the Lord will know your desires. According the homily a while ago, the goal of the Lenten season is to discipline us to do good and be closer to God. It is because by doing good to ourselves and to others, we are also being closer to the Father.

Repent and Believe in the Gospel

I have read some beautiful insights by Fr. Stephen, MSC written on his blog. You can read the whole post about the Lenten Season and his suggestions on how to meaningfully observe the Lenten celebration. I have listed only a couple of things:

1. Forgive someone who has hurt you deeply.
2. Say thanks to a tricycle/jeepney/bus driver.
3. Read the Bible.
4. Write a love letter to your spouse.
5. Plant trees.
6. Make someone smile.
7. Help your parents do the household chores.
8. Play your favorite game with your siblings.
9. Help an old person cross the street.
10. Cook for your parents.

….. continue reading the whole post here.
*all images are from Fr. Stephen, MSC.

So, what will you give up for this year’s Lenten Season?

By the way, here’s a trivia I’ve learned through the internet about the Ash Wednesday. In the Republic of Ireland, Ash Wednesday is also their National No Smoking Day! ^_^