Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent

Today marks the start of Lent, the period of preparation and spiritual renewal leading up to Easter and the joy of the resurrection. As you giving anything up or taking anything additional on?

As the priest says when marking your forehead with the ashes today: "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel." (Mark 1:15)

The concluding prayer from the morning prayer for today is very appropriate. It says:

Support us Lord, as with this Lenten fast
we begin our Christian warfare,
so that in doing battle against the spirit of evil
we may be armed with the weapon of self-denial.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who live and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit
God forever and ever.