Lent, the season of repentance is the time to reflect seriously on the words used when the ashes stain our foreheads, namely, that we come from the dust of the earth and will go back there
Category: Ash Wednesday
Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) port chaplains in South Africa will help seafarers live out their faith during Lent as they visit the many crews arriving on ships in ports across the country.
For the first time since 1945, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day are falling together on the same day. This may be a cause for panic among those who were looking forward to getting chocolate boxes, cards and flowers but will have to swap them out for abstinence, ashes and almsgiving.
The central meaning of Ash Wednesday relates to our humanness, mortality, weakness and fallenness. Ash Wednesday signals the beginning of Lent, a period of reflection and sentience.
A peculiar quirk of the calendar this year times Ash Wednesday to coincide with Valentine’s Day, and Easter with April Fool’s Day.
While Catholics will not mistake the Resurrection for an April Fool’s joke, some will likely be torn between observing the Church’s disciplines governing Ash Wednesday