Today is Ash Wednesday. It’s the official start of Lent, the 40-day period of anticipation and preparation leading up to Easter (excluding Sundays). But what’s it all about? Some Christians attend services where ashes are put on their foreheads. Some, not all; it really just depends on local customs and traditions. Ashes symbolize our mourning … Continue reading What is Ash Wednesday all about?
Today is Shrove Tuesday. But what is it all about? Lent is the time of spiritual preparation leading up to the main event in the Christian faith: Easter. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent begins. The name comes from a practice in England to “shrive” on this day: seeking and receiving forgiveness from God … Continue reading Shrove Tuesday explained
Today is Maundy Thursday. “Maundy” comes from the Latin word for “command” in John 13:34. Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” So on Maundy Thursday some churches hold intimate, simple gatherings before the fireworks of Easter to sing, pray, … Continue reading Downton Abbey and Maundy Thursday
Today is Ash Wednesday. It starts the 40-day journey to Easter (excluding Sundays) that we call Lent. Lent is a time of preparation. I like to think of it as spiritual training. It’s just so easy to let laziness creep into our faith. So we use Lent to hone our spiritual muscles as we get … Continue reading What Lent can mean to you