What is Lent? Lent is the period preceding Easter that in the Christian Church is devoted to fasting, abstinence, and penitence in commemoration of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness. In the Western Church it runs from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday and so includes forty weekdays.
Lent this year goes from today, the 13th of February, until the 30th of March. As you may, or may not, know I am Roman Catholic. Every year I try to participate in lent, but always end up giving in long before the end. 2013 I am working on bettering myself. One thing that I definitely need to improve is discipline, so I am going to try my hardest this year to stick with this.
Now, what do I plan on giving up? I am going to give up using curse words & foul language. It may not sound that serious to you, but I curse a lot. It is so not lady like. =/ I was going to give up chocolate but I want to try giving up foul language, hopefully I am strong enough for this. LOL!
What are you giving up? I can’t even remember random things I would give up throughout the years. Such a shame! But I am determined to stick with it this year. Pray that I make it & I pray that you do too! LOL!
According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke; Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting.
Today is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a reminder and celebration of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday.
I definitely plan on getting my ashes today, which would be my first time in a very long time. I have a doctor’s appointment today & dance rehearsal, but I definitely can make time to get my ashes. I need to get myself back into going to church. Growing up, I always attended Catholic religion classes & went to a private religious school. Of the Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church, I’ve participated in 4: Baptism, Confession, Holy Communion & Confirmation. The 3 that I have not participated in are Marriage, Anointing of the Sick & Holy Orders.
It’s sad, growing up I used to get so mad at my mother for forcing me to do this stuff. I love God & lean towards religion more than science, but Catholic church is so boring. I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter where I worship God, as long as I do. But I will definitely be sitting in a mass service today & getting my ashes.
Happy Lent! xo