There are many ways to prepare our lives for Lent, a season of reflection and renewal. Observing the forty days of Lent with a mindfulness of Christ’s sacrifice can make our celebration of Christ’s resurrection a more meaningful and personal experience.
Before the season of Lent begins, our tradition is to burn the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday and prepare the ashes for use on Ash Wednesday, which marks the first day of Lent and the beginning of forty days of repentance and prayer. On Wednesday, February 7, we will gather in the courtyard, following Prayer Service, to burn the palms. Then, on Wednesday, February 14, we will hold an Ash Wednesday service in the chapel at 6:30 p.m. The tradition of this service is to have ashes imposed on the forehead as a reminder of our mortality and humanity. The ashes are also a symbol of repentance, sorrow, and humility. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.
As we walk through this season of Lent, may we allow palms and ashes to teach us some of the deeper and significant meanings of this season, and with these practices may we prepare our hearts for the great celebration to come.