Young children have a hard time understanding Lent. One way of explaining Lent is that it’s a time to bring us closer to God. In our busy lives we fill our selves with candy, buy new toys, play video games and watch television which makes us happy but that happiness is temporary. During Lent we stop filling our lives with temporary happiness and make more room for God. The church encourages prayer, fasting and almsgiving during Lent as ways we can turn our hearts and minds to God. During this time we attempt to incorporate activities in our daily lives which will strengthen us. Many people “give up” something Peoto them for the 40 days of Lent. To learn how to sacrifice or give up things is a way of learning unselfishness.
What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday is observed by fasting, abstinence from meat and repentance.
Lent : Lent start on Ash Wednesday and it occurs 40 days ( not counting sundays) before Easter. People attend mass on this day. Ashes are placed on the forehead in the sign of a cross as a sign of repentance.
Ashes : Ashes are gathered from the burning of the previous year’s palms from Palm sunday.