If Fat Tuesday already finds you feasting on pancakes or jelly donuts or chocolate or beer - I presume you don't need much encouragement from me!
Happy Mardi Gras!
So now, let me direct your attention to tomorrow: Ash Wednesday.
There was a time, and it's still the case in many places, when Ash Wednesday would see hordes of people streaming into churches to be signed with an ashen cross on their foreheads. My experience in suburbia, however, tells me that Ash Wednesday crowds are often much smaller than the those on a regular weekend. Granted, some folks will go to Ash Wednesday services near their work sites but my guess is that a number of Catholics no longer count this the important day their parents and grandparents did.
And in many places, this is school vacation week and families are on the road!
Ash Wednesday is not a day of obligation but it is nonetheless a unique day on the church calendar and a powerful way to begin the Lenten season.
I encourage you, then, wherever you may be tomorrow (at home, at work, on vacation) to make an effort to join a community for prayer and to be marked with the sign of the Cross by which we are saved.
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Posted by Concord Pastor at 11:05 AM