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Season of Lent

Season of Lent

 

Two Grade 4 students standing side by side holding up their Lentin resolution worksheet.

The last few weeks in Religion, the Lower School students have been focused on preparing for the season of Lent. Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. During Lent, we serve the Lord by giving alms, practice self control through fasting, and spend more time in prayer by reading the Sacred Scripture. The first day of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday helps us to remember the 40 days and 40 nights of Jesus’s time in the desert. Jesus faced many temptations but was able to overcome them all through the power of God. In our own lives we also face temptations. We must look to God as well to help us overcome those temptations. On Ash Wednesday we also receive ashes on our foreheads in the shape of a cross. As we receive our ashes from the priest, he will say “remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return”. The ashes are important as they symbolize our mortality. However, our souls will live on for eternity. They are also in the shape of a cross as Jesus died on the cross for us, however we learn that he later rises up into Heaven. We use Lent today as a time to remember God’s love for us that is shown through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.