Preparing for Ash Wednesday

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Feb 19, 2009 by Howard Baker | 0 Comments

Ash Wednesday, the day of the personal ashes, the first of the forty days of Lent:  like a deep bell tolling, this word defines the day and starts the season and bids me begin my devotional journey: Memento!  "Remember!"

Ancient is the season of Lent, when the Christian is encouraged to think of her death and the sin that caused it---to examine herself, to know herself so deeply and well that knowledge becomes confession.  But ancient, too, is the consolation such an exercise provides, ancient precisely because it is eternal.

It is this: that when we genuinely remember the death we deserve to die, we will be moved to remember the death the Lord in fact did die---because his took the place of ours. Ah, children, we will yearn to hear the Gospel story again and again, ever seeing therein our death in his, and rejoicing that we will therefore know a rising like his as well.

From Reliving the Passion by Walter Wangerin, pp.21-22

"...and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf." ---2 Corinthians 5:15

How might you, in some small yet intentional, specific and devoted way, live for Jesus in these 40 days leading up to the celebration of His Risen Life?  Ash Wednesday is February 25 this year.

Part of your practice might be the ancient tradition of "praying the hours."  On campus you can join with other students at 9:15 and noon each day in the chapel for this form of prayer.


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