Hey everyone! Welcome back to another episode of Hear and Now Podcast. I’m so happy to be back for another episode. Today, I am keeping it short and sweet for you.
If you are listening to this on the Tuesday it publishes, tomorrow begins Lent (February 26). Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. On Ash Wednesday, we receive a cross of ashes on our forehead. It falls on the first day of lent, approximately 6 weeks before Easter. We usually partake in a sacrifice of some sort, so that we can fast before Easter.
Ash Wednesday is our repentance ashes. It is modeled after the words – Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return. The ashes are the burnt palm leaves from the year prior’s Palm Sunday celebration.
During Lent, we observe fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. Through Tradition, we are supposed to fast on Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday. We are also supposed to abstain from meat on Friday’s during lent – hence the reason why pizza shops get so much business this time of year. But all jokes aside, Lent is hard. It’s a hard season. But I love it. It reminds me of the great and infinite love God has for us. Add in prayer to your day. Pray for all the souls in purgatory. Pray for your family. Pray that God shows you the way to your future. Spend time in prayer each day – in prayers of Adoration: Praising God. Contrition: Asking for God’s forgiveness. Petition: Asking God for a favor. Thanksgiving: Showing God gratitude.
I’m praying for all of you this Lent. So, each Tuesday during Lent, I will put out something related to Lent and prayer. Some topics may include, what God says on prayer, forgiveness, anger, etc. I’m very excited for this Lent series. If you have any specific topics you would like me to cover, please let me know.
So again, I am praying for all of you this lent. I want to close this episode with the Lord’s prayer. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses. As we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, Amen. Jesus, I trust in you.
Amen! Go into this season with an open heart. In the stillness of the night, He calls you by name. Hear Him and follow Him. But for now, it’s Fat Tuesday, so go out and feast!
Happy Mardi Gras, Happy Lent everyone. I’ll see you next week! Go in peace!
It’s the 29th episode of Hear and Now Podcast! Thank you for joining me this week as I talk about Ash Wednesday and share the introduction to my Lent series!
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