I Ash Wednesday-ed Yesterday

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I Ash Wednesday-ed Yesterday

Post by mom3 » 07 Mar 2019, 17:03

I hadn't planned on it. I had grown up with it in elementary school and respected it. But I was working at the Shelter I volunteer at. It is housed in a church that celebrates Lent. The previous pastor who created the homeless shelter died a couple of weeks ago, very suddenly. The fill in pastor and I were just checking in and she invited me to partake. It felt like I was honoring the previous pastor, so I did.

I found myself drawn toward the Lenten idea even more. The 46 days of sacrifice. The intent of the Ashes. The entire ritual. All day today I have a sense of yearning to keep a Lent devotion. More so than in the past.

I also appreciated the idea of rituals in religion.

I am interested to see how my lent will go.
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Re: I Ash Wednesday-ed Yesterday

Post by Ilovechrist77 » 07 Mar 2019, 17:50

Mom3, that sounds great. Good luck and God be with you in that spiritual pursuit.

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Re: I Ash Wednesday-ed Yesterday

Post by nibbler » 07 Mar 2019, 17:50

It sounds like it's off to a very good start.

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Re: I Ash Wednesday-ed Yesterday

Post by DarkJedi » 08 Mar 2019, 07:58

I did Lent last year (but not the Ash Wednesday ritual itself). There's much more to Lent than giving up chocolate (or whatever). I know that Old Guard who would take offense at the suggestion we do Lent would offer up the "We (are supposed to) do those things all year round" defense but I honestly got something spiritually out of doing it last year. FWIW, like many others who do Lent I didn't even do it very well nor for the entire time - but that's OK.
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Re: I Ash Wednesday-ed Yesterday

Post by Roy » 08 Mar 2019, 10:33

I recently learned the English word Carnival comes from the German celebration prior to Lent and literally means "Without meat" Carne-Val.

I too have felt spiritual stirrings during the religious rituals of other faiths. May this be a "tender mercy" unto you.
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