It is Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday depending on where you live. One thing is the same, and that is that this Tuesday marks the beginning of Lent and the start of many Christian Lenten Practices.
So What does that actually mean? What is Lent and why is it important? what does it mean to the average Christian?
Lots of questions and I will try to explain, as well as I understand it (Lent) in my life?
Lent starts the day after Pancake Tuesday and it is the first days of fasting and abstinence for Christians. It is also called Ash Wednesday, in the Catholic church. Many people will go to mass on Ash Wednesday. The priest or Deacon after mass will “sign” people with a cross marked on their foreheads in ashes. These ashes are made from the ashes of left over palms from last year’s Palm Sunday celebrations.
What is the significance of this ‘blessing’? Basically it is a reminder for us that our earthly lives are not forever. We are made for a life with Christ in heaven. It also signifies that we are not to become too attached to this world. We have a time of 40 days, to renew our spirits, pray, do acts of kindness and help the poor. It is part of our preparation for the Great Mystery of Easter, the Celebration of the Promises of the Bible being fulfilled.
Christian Lent Practices are all geared to making us more spiritually aware of what we need to do, to be worthy participants in the salvation promised us by God.
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Prayers, fasting and abstinence are all ways in which to deny ourselves and make sacrifices for our betterment and the betterment of the whole world. It is a journey, come and journey with me!
Our Journey begins Shrove Tuesday night and continues until the Glorious Feast of Easter, again, I invite you to come journey with me!