News from St. Francis 3/3 – 3/10/19

The beginning of the Ash Wednesday liturgy is one of those classic texts. It probably isn’t on the tips of many tongues, and it certainly is not on the best seller list. However, it possesses a rhythm and perspective that is not only helpful to those actively entering Lent but also offers a frame for how we see ourselves and our life together throughout the whole year. The exhortation follows:
Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a
season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of
notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church.
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