Today we will be coming together for an Ash Wednesday Liturgy. Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Christian season of Lent. Lent is a time when we pray, think about how to become better people, do kind things for other people, sometimes give up things we enjoy to eat as a fast, to prepare to celebrate the great feast of Easter.
Interesting Facts about Ash Wednesday
- The name Ash Wednesday comes from the practice of placing ashes from palm branches on the heads of Christian worshippers, blessing them with the words ‘Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’
- Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter and includes the 40 fasting days of Lent plus six Sundays, which are seen as feast days.
- The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are usually derived form burning the blessed palm branches left from the palm Sunday celebration. the ashes are blessed, sprinkled with holy water and fumigated with incense.
- At some churches, believers was the ashes off before leaving the church to symbolise that they have been cleanse of their sins. In other churches, participants leave the ashes on when they leave, thereby ‘carrying the cross out into the world’
- In the Roman catholic Church, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the only days on which fasting is still universally required.
We have decided to make Lenten promises, every member of our Academy will receive a palm leaf to write their Lenten promise on. This will then be displayed on a palm tree trunk in tutor groups. It is important to remember that it’s not about being perfect, it’s about trying. (pictures to follow)
Loving and compassionate God, teach us to show love and mercy to each other. As we begin our journey through Lent, inspire us to be generous and kind. Through our joy, patience and kindness, may we help to make the world a better place.