The Season of Lent

Last week, we began our journey towards Easter and the resurrection of Jesus. It began with Shrove Tuesday (a.k.a Pancake Tuesday). Shrove Tuesday is the day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakesor “gorging” before the fasting period of Lent.

The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “absolve”. Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, who “make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.”

In keeping with tradition, we cooked pancakes for recess. Each House mixed, flipped and sold delicious pancakes with an array of toppings to tantalize the communities taste buds and raise money for our Term 1 focus which is Project Compassion.

It is my pleasure to announce that our Caritas fundraising has got off to a great start with Shrove Tuesday raising a grand total of $462.90

Thank you to each House who raised the following amounts:

Annecy             $130.00

Collinson          $95.30

Moroney           $144.30

Savio                $93.30

Ash Wednesday followed with very reverent and prayerful services in Oratory and Year Level gatherings. 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 46 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