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Ash Wednesday and Lent

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Author: Sarah Leisemann
Author Role: Chaplain and Director of Mission

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and marks the start of Lent– the Christian season of preparation for Easter. Throughout the week, the College will mark this holy day at special services for Secondary and Primary students. Students may choose to receive the traditional sign of ashes on their forehead, or hand as a sign of their commitment to self-giving in Lent. Primary parents are welcome to attend the Primary service, which will commence at 9.45am in the Auditorium.

Lent is a time when Christians look inwards and reflect on our need for forgiveness and renewal. Traditionally, Christians choose to make a sacrifice for the 40 days of Lent. (For those who do the maths – it’s 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter, not including Sundays!) That is, to give up something that they normally enjoy, or take up something of benefit to others, so that they can grow in resilience, experiencing that they are able to cope with less. Some simple things students could give up include:

  • screen time (other than homework) on weekdays;
  • non-nutritious treats like chocolate, soft drink or lollies.

Alternately, students could take up something extra, perhaps to assist someone else in their household. Good tasks to take up include:

  • an extra chore each day such as feeding pets or making lunch;
  • reading an inspirational novel or biography;
  • doing a kind deed for a neighbor, elderly friend or relative;
  • spend some time in reflection or prayer each day.

Shrove Tuesday is a day that luxury items like eggs, butter and sugar were traditionally used up in dishes such as yummy pancakes. CHAC marks this day with Pancake Day - a fundraiser, this year for the Anglican Church Southern Queensland's Archbishop Emergency Relief Appeal. To help us raise money for this worthy cause, you can also donate online.

I pray that this season of Lent will be a renewing and inspiring time for you and your family.