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Faith and Mission
Ash Wednesday was celebrated in reverent and prayerful services in Oratory groups, led by staff and students. During the services, staff and students were asked to reflect on how they could be better people. It was also an opportunity to reflect and remind ourselves about the meaning of Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season.
Ash Wednesday opens Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption. It takes place 40 days before Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.
Mrs Nadia Knight
Assistant Principal – Faith and Mission