Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of Lent. Lent is a season of discipline  and repentance in preparation for Easter and our remembrance of the death resurrection of Jesus as the means of our forgiveness and salvation.

Traditionally, as an act of self-discipline, people ‘gave up’ something as a fast for Lent … chocolate, television, time on the internet, a meal a day … and that may indeed be a useful exercise, giving us additional time for prayer and reflection. But how about doing something extra for Lent, instead? If you haven’t yet chosen a fast or a discipline, take a look at ‘Count your Blessings‘ on the Christian Aid website. Each day you count something in your life that others in poverty have to do without; for example, this is today’s entry …

Wednesday 22nd February (Ash Wednesday)
Only 15% of the world’s
population live in
countries that enjoy
a free press.
Give 10p for every
newspaper you
have chosen to
read this week.

You can choose your own level of giving, but the exercise in itself is valuable and very thought provoking.

And why not join us as we meet to mark Ash Wednesday today? We meet in our GIFT groups, 2pm at St Barnabas and 7.30pm at St Michael’s.

 

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