Lent begins next Wednesday – March 6th (Ash Wednesday). Ash Wednesday is a solemn day of fast and abstinence. The day receives its special name from the blessing and imposition of ashes in the form of a cross on our foreheads. “Remember that you are dust, and
to dust you shall return.” Ashes, made by burning palms blessed the previous Palm Sunday, symbolise the transience of our earthly status. The body must fall temporarily into dust. This fact should serve as a challenge to spiritual accomplishments. Through
grace we were “buried” in Christ that we may rise with him and “live unto God.”We explain ashes with the “seed” idea. “They are not a sign of death, but a promise of life.”
Here are some pointers that will help us embrace Lent as a season of grace.