UNDERSTANDING LENT

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Sanctuary 2021

Did you know?

As we continue on the Journey of Lent you will notice that the Alleluia is not said, nor the Gloria and flowers are not used. Instead, the palm plants are symbolic of the desert. Each week like a dimmer switch we dim down and down until the light of the Easter Candle quenches all darkness.

Prayer of the week: HOLY WEEK

For the season of Lent, we will be praying with the words of Jesus spoken on the Cross. Sometimes we use long prayers like the Our Father or the Hail Mary, but we can also pray with the words and sentences that Jesus himself has spoken.

Prayer of the week:         “I thirst”  

When Jesus said I thirst¸ the soldiers thought he wanted something to drink, that’s why they gave him vinegar to drink. Who drinks vinegar? Who gives a dying person vinegar to wet their lips? This action had no love. It was a thoughtless gesture.

But they had got it wrong. Jesus’ thirst was spiritual. He came into the world to give us God’s love-often described as the living waters. He wanted us to drink this water so that we could have life. He wanted to give us this gift, but nobody understood him. He thirsts for us to accept the life giving gift that he offers. He thirsts for us still today.