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ALL YOU HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT LENT

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ALL YOU HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT LENT

Post  @doi on Sun Mar 15 2009, 10:06

ALL YOU HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT LENT

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday
It's a day of penitence to clean the soul before the Lent fast. Ash Wednesday is six and a half weeks before Easter Sunday.

Why is it called Ash Wednesday?
Ashes were used in the past as a symbol of being sorry. Christians rubbed
ashes on their foreheads. They wanted to show God that they were sorry for
the wrong things they had done in the past year.

What happens on Ash Wednesday today?
Some
Christians have a tiny smudge of ashes put on their foreheads as a sign
of sorrow at not having been good over the last year.


What are the ashes made from?
In churches the priest
first burns the palm fronds that have been kept from last year's Palm Sunday
and then mixes the ashes of these fronds with holy water (which has been
blessed) to make a grayish paste. When people
go to church on Ash Wednesday, the priest/s and the Extraordinary Ministers of
the Eucharist dip their thumbs in the paste and use it to make the sign of the
cross on each person's forehead.

Why are last years Palm Crosses
recycled?
Palm Sunday celebrates
Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem,
so when the
fronds used in the last
years Palm Sunday service are converted to ashes,
worshippers are reminded
that defeat and crucifixion swiftly followed triumph.

What do the ashes symbolize?
Using ashes to mark the
cross on the believer's forehead symbolizes that through Christ's death and
resurrection, all Christians can be free from sin.

Lenten fasts have a
tendency to be oriented toward things like giving up food or television. But there
are many other creative ways we can welcome Jesus' healing touch this Lent. Below are some suggestions you may want to
consider.

Fast from:

Anger and
Hatred:
Give your family and
everyone you come across, an extra dose of love each day.

Judging
Others:
Before making any
judgments, recall how Jesus overlooks our faults.

Discouragement:
Hold on to Jesus' promise
that He has a perfect plan for your life.

Complaining:
When you find yourself
about to complain, close your eyes and recall some of the little moments of joy
Jesus has given you.

Resentment or
Bitterness:
Work on forgiving those who
may have hurt you.

Spending Too
Much Money:
Try to reduce your spending
by
ten per cent and give those savings to the poor.



Please forward to as many
as possible and you will be blessed abundantly. Wish-ing you all a wonderful
Lenten Season filled with Peace, Love and Happiness.

SMILE, 'CAUSE JESUS LOVES
YOU!

_________________
"loving is everything we need to become a better person"...

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