Daily Archives: February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday and Lent: Fasting for the feasting part 1

With Lent starting today, Sr Mary David Totah OSB, reminds us what the liturgical season is really for. It is good to remember that in the early Church the main purpose of Lent was to prepare the catechumens, the newly-converted Christians, … Continue reading

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Vatican City, 22 February 2012 (VIS) – During his general audience this morning, the Holy Father dedicated his catechesis to the subject of Lent (which begins today, Ash Wednesday), the period of forty days leading up to the Easter Triduum, … Continue reading

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St. Vincent Ferrer: Sermon On Ash Wednesday

And when you fast, be not as the hypocrites, sad. For they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But thou, when thou fastest anoint thy … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday – A reflection on the sacramental of ashes that we receive on Ash Wednesday.

Even the darkest moments of the liturgy are filled with joy. And Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lent fast, is a day of happiness, a Christian feast. It cannot be otherwise, as it forms part of the great Easter … Continue reading

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