Ash Wednesday Services

Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter.

Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.

On Ash Wednesday, all Salesian staff and students participated in services in our newly formed Oratory groups. Each Oratory group across the year levels along with their Oratory Leaders, participated in the services which included the distribution of ashes followed by prayers of intercession for the poor and marginalised. Our College comprises of many cultures and beliefs and it was great to see that every student responded in such a way that showed reverence and respect throughout the entirety of the service.

Apart from the liturgical service of Ash Wednesday, Project Compassion is also a major event that occurs during the season of Lent. This year Caritas Australia is wanting to focus on “Food for Life’.
“It throws a spotlight on global food issues and how Caritas Australia is empowering the world’s poorest people to establish sustainable food sources for life.”  – Caritas Australia 2015

As young Salesian men of the community, we are encouraged to reflect, in this time of lent, on the sacrifices we make. Not only for the benefit of ourselves but ultimately how these sacrifices will benefit others who are unable to obtain the resources and facilities that we have.

Daniel Subbiah
Liturgy Captain