Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ash Wednesday


Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

The church that we are a part of now uses the Common Book of Prayer. I have found peace in the repetitive, meaningful words. This is our third lenten season here and we finally made it to a service on Ash Wednesday last night. In the beginnings of the celtic church, every day people often didn't have a priest around until Easter, so the lenten period was a season of thoughtful penitence and fasting to prepare for the Lord's resurrection and new converts for the Holy Baptism.

The service was a special introduction to why we call this day Ash Wednesday. The palms from Palm Sunday are saved from the prior year and burned now to mark us with ashes, praying from the Common Book of Prayer: 

Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Pieter is so used to being blessed when we take communion that he didn't realize what was happening and gave me the strangest look when he noticed the cross on my forehead. 

During this lent, I am going to unplug myself from the computer and internet for much of the day, to focus more on little ones and every day life. And to read more celtic prayers and institute them into my life as these simple people did so long ago.

Time spent with family in a meaningful way.

Thoughtful, purposeful days. 

1 comment:

  1. Yes, it is good to be thoughtful during the day. Blessings to your family

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