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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Ash Wednesday

The Mass for Ash Wednesday will not be held this evening because of the snow. Still, today is the beginning of Lent. We are encouraged to begin practices such as prayer, fasting and almsgiving as disciplines to help in crucifying self and selfish desires and to help us in picking up our crosses and following Jesus. If you are stuck at home, some suggested Scripture readings for today are Genesis 1:1-19 and Mark 1:1-13.

We are reminded of our mortality that comes from sin. We are reminded of the trials and temptations that the Lord suffered as He fulfilled the Scripture and gained our forgiveness and salvation on the cross. As His children and members of His holy Church we remain in His mercy even as we are called on to pick up our crosses and follow Him.

A Lenten Mass will be held on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (Ash "Thursday"?)


Brian P Westgate said...

Ash Thursday works; I think Fr. Petersen called today that in the latest Redeemer newsletter. Besides, that's a lot shorter than "the Thursday after Ash Wednesday."

Fr. Timothy D. May, S.S.P. said...

That is what we ended up calling it here too. By the way, can you send me a quick note at pastormay (at) ststephen-milwaukee (dot) org I have a question. Thanks!