Merriam-Webster.com tells us that the term Lent comes from the Middle English word "lente", which means springtime (even though Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent always happens in winter).
Lent is a time of penance and reflection in preparation for Easter, the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Many people "give something up" during Lent as a way to prepare for Easter.
"In the Old Testament ashes were used for two purposes: As a sign of humility and mortality and as a sign of sorrow and repentance for sin". Ashes remind us of the shortness of human life. They are often made by burning the palm fronds distributed on Palm Sunday of the previous year.
A traditional Ash Wednesday service will be held at the church at 6:30 p.m.at 129 Woods Mill Rd.
Enberg, who died in December at 82, was famous for using that expression whenever a spectacular or freakish play occurred. Ash Wednesday is the kick-off, so to speak, for Lenten season, marking the beginning of one's decision of dedication to spiritual discipline.
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"Ash Wednesday is one of only two days that fasting and abstinence are required", said Matt Kerr, director of communications for the Allentown Diocese, which includes Berks, Lehigh and Schuylkill counties.
The Church of England has no fixed rules on how to approach the fasting of Lent, so Anglicans are left to choose how to deprive themselves of something during Lent. What am I going to gain by doing so?' This year I've chose to give up more of my time.
It's also a fast day for Catholics, meaning no meat, light meals and no snacks.
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' "Matthew 25:35-36".
The irony of excess and self-denial seem to collide on Ash Wednesday. Nothing is eaten from Monday morning until Wednesday evening. "All of these things are marks of the Christian life, but particularly during Lent". On Saturdays and Sundays, wine and oil are allowed. "[By wearing ashes] you are acknowledging that you have not done things the way you wanted and want to live more for God". So during the season of Lent, it is a good thing for us to pull back from our indulgences and our distractions, to deny ourselves a bit, and to make time to ponder this wonderful miracle of the ages and how it impacts us.