Posted by: mollyrossiter | February 25, 2009

Making sacrifices

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season for those in the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and many Protestant faiths. Lent — the 40 days (excluding Sundays) before Easter — is observed as a period of penitence and fasting.

In many churches, congregants and parishioners are asked to make a sacrifice in their lives that will serve to remind them of the sacrifice the Lord made and to also “avoid sin and all that leads to it,” according to Pope Benedict’s Lenten message.

Some churches are encouraging their members this year to remember the hurt and suffering that is going on around them and to make sacrifices that benefit others: sacrifice time at a shelter or community organization; sacrifice food or money to a local food bank; sacrifice your weekend to help a neighbor who needs a fence painted or a driveway shoveled.

Something to think about today.



  1. Thank you for sounding the call to repentance!

    Just a note: Eastern Orthodox (and most of the Eastern Catholic) Churches begin the Great Fast (Lent) on Pure Monday, as it is called, rather than on Ash Wednesday. They also observe Cheesefare Sunday, rather than Fat Tuesday.

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