Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian
calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and
preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days
of Lent, Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the
desert for 40 days. Read Mark 1: 1-20
Lent is the season of our year when we focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting,
helping us to grow closer to God. It is a time of healing and forgiveness.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday about 38 days.
The Sundays of Lent are not counted in that number and there is never fasting on Sundays because they are Feast Days.
On Ash Wednesday, we go to church and have ashes put on our foreheads in
the shape of a cross. It is a stark reminder of our Mortality and we realize the
urgency of getting right with God. Lent is a time of prayer, penance and Alms giving.
We are all called to be a witness for God and the ash cross on your forehead is a good way to start.
During Lent we are called to remember Christ’s teachings, examine our conscience, make reparation and be generous to the needy. Giving something up for lent is a way to remind us to pray, to make a small sacrifice of something we really like so that when we reach for it, we remember Christ and pray quietly. In Ancient times it was used to save some money that could then be given to the needy.
Palm Sunday begins Holy Week and celebrates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The priest blesses palm fronds and we bring them home to commemorate this day and some make crosses out of them and bring to the grave sites of loved ones. Lent lasts until Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) when Jesus dined with His disciples at the Passover celebration on the night of His betrayal by Judas, arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane and trials before Pontius Pilate and King Herod. We also call this Mass The Last Supper and we remember that He took the bread, blessed it, gave it to his disciples and said, “Take this all of you and eat of it, for this is my body, which will be given up for you. ” Then he took the Cup blessed it and said, “Take this all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for many so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.” These are the words of the consecration that turn the simple bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. We call this Holy Communion: We are nourished spiritually by receiving this most holy gift. On this night we also remember how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at The Last Supper. This was the supreme act of humility and an expression of Jesus’ service to us. He came “not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The humility expressed by His act with towel and basin foreshadowed His ultimate act of humility and love on the cross.
On Good Friday we Venerate the Cross at 3:00 pm, the hour of his death, and here
at Saint Pio, we re-enact the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm. Seems funny to call it
Good because our lord suffered such a horrible death nailed to a cross…Why is it a
Good day…because Jesus’ sacrifice brings us salvation, opening the gates of heaven for us and brings us into the light.
Holy Saturday…Jesus is in the tomb and we attend The Easter Vigil at dusk.
There are 4 parts to this service:
1.The Service of Light
2.The Liturgy of the Word
3.Christian Initiation/Renewal of Baptismal Vows
Easter, the joyful celebration of the Resurrection. Jesus is our light, our hope and
our strength. Alleluia! Alleluia!
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Mary born without Original Sin to become the Mother of God.