Ash Wednesday The Beginning of Lent Season
Ash Wednesday is marked with the blessing and imposition of ashes which symbolizing our fragility and mortality as well as our need to be redeemed by the mercy of God. Ash Wednesday remains an indispensable day in the Roman Catholic Liturgical calendar due to the fact it marks the beginning of Lenten season which impels Christians to renew and deepen their Christian values so as to be identified as children of God. In other words, lent prepares Christians to enter into a journey of penance that impels them to move from selfish attitudes to the freedom of the children of God. This is achieved by undertaking three traditional dimensions of the season namely; Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.
Through prayer we make room for God in our lives and we express our desire to enter into a deeper friendship with the Lord. Through fasting which can take various forms, we deny ourselves something in order to share it with others, especially with those in need. At the same time we give more space to God in our lives, remembering that we cannot live on bread alone, but also that we need spiritual food the word of God. Prayer and fasting challenge us to share with others what we have received from the Lord.
The season of Lent also gives us the opportunity to contemplate the crucified Jesus who died in order to give us life. As such, the cross becomes a symbol of depth of Christ’s love for us and his desire that we should receive the gift of divine love.
In a nutshell, Ash Wednesday is an indispensable day in the liturgical calendar due to the fact that it marks the beginning of the Lenten Season which impels Christians to deepen their Christian values and communion with God by embracing Christ’s own attitudes namely; Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving.