Where Do Those Ashes Come From?
For Christians, the season of Lent invites us to be mindful of our ongoing spiritual journey, a journey that is both personal and communal. One symbolic way we prepare to begin the journey on Ash Wednesday is by burning palms from last year and collecting the ashes. This ritual is a visible reminder for us of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus: we held our palms high on Passion Sunday, welcoming Christ, our triumphant King, to Jerusalem; we will burn these same palms turning triumph to ash, symbolizing Good Friday; and the dust of the ashes will be marked on our foreheads as we begin our communal journey to the Baptismal font on Easter.
Baskets for collecting old palms will be placed at the doors of the Church for the next two weeks, to be burned on Sunday, February 26, after the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Throughout the season of Lent, our parish will offer many ways to help each of us find strength and focus for our own journey, from the Journey to Jerusalem reflections, to Lenten booklets for personal growth, to weekly group book discussions – check the other pre-Lenten articles this week, and stay tuned for more!