Join us at the Church for The Ash Wednesday Service February 26th @ 6:30 PM start you Lent anticipating The Love that comes from the Cross!

Lent is a time of year where we reflect on our sinful self, a time of self-denial, fasting, and reflection when we work on changing and examining our bad habits all the while seeing how we have missed the mark in our daily lives.

It’s Ash Wednesday when starting this spiritual discipline, a forty-day journey being reminded that we are dust and to dust, we shall return, also remembering our Bridegrooms unbounding love when he gave Himself on the cross for each of us.

We read in the bible how dust is used in the old testament how it was used a symbol of repentance Daniel 9:3, And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:  also in Job 2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; he sat down among the ashes.  In Esther 4:1 we read when Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry.

Today we honor the tradition of putting ashes on our forehead in the sign of the cross reminding us that Jesus Christ was Crucified to us, scripture says “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 2 Timothy 2:11 

As we start our Lenten observance, remember what it says in Matthew 6: 16-18 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.

It also says in Matthew 6:17-18 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head and wash thy face That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

This is something that we should be doing every day, during lent, you have a special grace, learning to understand what the Lord likes, drawing closer to His heart, learning to live a life that is clean before Him. This lent fall more deeply in love with Jesus… it says in Isaiah 54:5  For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. 

Have a Blessed Lent!

Fr Leo

Pastor

Church of the Crucified One