Ever wonder where the ashes for Ash Wednesday come from? They're from dried palms from Palm Sunday of the previous year. Folks from the parish bring their dried palms and we burn the palms at the end of Mass on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Then we use the ashes for our regular Ash Wednesday service and for Ashes-to-Go. Thanks to Michael Hudson for lighting the fire and making sure it was safely out afterwards! That's Mtr. Lyngine watching the smoke as the last of the embers go out.
Silence and Prayer
Some glimpses of the quiet spaces from our first parish Lenten Retreat and Day of Reflection. We created spaces for silence and prayer, where everyone had a chance to listen to the "still small voice" of God as the season of Lent begins. Everyone helped set up and we had the rosary, Lectio Divina, the Examen, Stations of the Cross, and meditative prayer.
Special thanks to Patrick and Tom for leading morning and evening prayer, and to Elise for bringing in three books for folks to consider for the parish Lent education/spirituality series.
Every 3rd Friday of the month we have a house mass in University City. Hector changed the colors from green to purple for Lent, make this a wonderful space for quiet prayer this season.