Wednesday, February 17, 2010

It's Ash Wednesday - Get thee to Church today!

" Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return."
Gn. 3:19

The choir will be singing at the 7:00pm Mass at Grotto tonight.  As it will be tonight, and throughout Lent, very reserved, often without organ.  The silence is a reminder that this is a penitential season. 

I hope you will find time for God today, and if your work or school schedule permits, get to a parish for Mass, if there is one scheduled, or at least ashes.  

Also, keep in mind that today is a day of fasting

At the start of the Lenten Season, EWTN offers this reflection on Ash Wednesday

Te Deum Laudamus! Home

The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!


Code of Canon Law said...

Can. 1250 The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.

Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference [for Americans, this refers to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops], is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence [not eating meat] and fasting [not eating food - see clarification below] are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Can. 1252 The law of abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year. The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority, until the beginning of their sixtieth year [so everyone from 14-60 years old]. Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by reason of their age are not bound by the law of fasting and abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance.

Can. 1253 The conference of bishops can determine more precisely the observance of fast and abstinence as well as substitute other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety, in whole or in part, for abstinence and fast.

all4JesusandMary said...

A happy, blessed, holy, and fruitful Lenten season to everyone!
+:-) (It's supposed to be a smiley face with ashes. :-D)