Some History By the 4th century, Lent developed asa 40-day season, drawing from threepractices of the early Church:• A two-day period of fasting before Easter that was eventually lengthened to 40 days;• A period of intense preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation;• The Order of Penitents, for those already baptized who had fallen into serious sin.
Penance & Baptism As we prepare for new members to celebrate initiation at Easter, all members are called to do penance in preparation for renewing their own baptismal promises.
The details Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Thursday prior to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Lent is 40 days (the counting does not include Sundays) recalling Jesus’ 40 days in the desert. Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday) is the three-day season between Lent and Easter. During Lent, Catholics are called to pray, fast and give alms.
Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday marks the official start of Lent. All who are baptized and preparing for Baptism are welcome to receive ashes on their foreheads Ashes are made by burning dried palms from the previous years’ Palm Sundays. Ashes are generally distributed following the homily. As you approach the minister, he/she will make the Sign of the Cross on your forehead, saying either of these: Remember you are dust and to dust you will return… Repent (Turn away from sin) and believe in the Gospel…
Ash Wednesday They are a sign of penance (sackcloth and ashes) Ashes remind us of our own mortality: we will someday die to this life, and in order to be prepared for heaven we must die to sin in order to rise to new life in Christ.
Ash Wednesday Masses/prayer services include these Scriptures Prophet Joel talks about rending hearts, not our garments and return to the LORD 2 Corinthians: Now is an acceptable time for salvation Matthew: do not let your right hand know what the left is doing At OLP – Masses are at 6:30 a.m., 8:15 a.m.; 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (bilingual)
Prayer Giving more time to prayer draws us closer to God.Some suggestions: • Stations of the Cross A devotional prayer which follows the journey of Christ to the Cross Fridays, 7 p.m. in the Church (20-30 minutes) • Adoration Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays in the St. Ann Chapel, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. • Prayer Resources Available at Church exits and in the Mulligan Room today. • Scripture Reading Spending time reading and meditating on the Gospels. • Daily Mass
Fasting Fasting helps us hunger for God. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast (one full meal, and two other meals that equal a full meal with no snacking. Liquids are permitted) and abstinence (no meat) Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence (no meat) Binding for those between the ages of 14 and 60 who are physically able to adhere to the regulations. Exceptions for illness, chronic diseases such as diabetes, pregnant or nursing mothers. Common sense should prevail in following regulations. Fasting helps us hunger for God. Some people choose to fast from other things (or add positive actions) during Lent as a prayerful discipline.
Almsgiving In giving of our time, talent and treasure to the poor, we show our care for those in need and express our gratitude for all God has given to us. OLP Blessing Boxes support our scholarship program for young people in our sister community in El Salvador. Lent Fish Fry (on Friday evenings) support our youth who travel for mission work during the summer months.