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Lent invites us to do some deep reflective soul searching. How are you making space to do some of that good work this season? #Lent #LiturgicalYear

A skull and cross bones on vestments?! How strange! A century and more ago it was not uncommon to see these morbid reminders of our mortality featured on black requiem sets. Some even had full skeletons modeled as the grim reaper! This practice may seem morbid and even callous but it was a stark reminder of our fallen nature and that while we hope for eternal life for our loved ones who had passed, it was not guaranteed and we must continue to pray for them. While today's funeral masses take a gentler approach to the loss of a loved one, it is always good to have a reminder our mortality and that it is through Christ's death and resurrection that we are granted the opportunity of eternal life. The original antique vestment was black but we reproduced it on a violet set to be used during Lent. The skull is accompanied by thistles representing our earthly sorrow and the original sin of Adam when God cursed him in Genesis 3:17-18, "...cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field." Do not despair though because with these two somewhat depressing symbols is featured a willow branch which represents the gospel of Christ and hints at what else is featured on this vestment. More on this set later this week!

This quote is from today’s Office of Readings, which is such a treasure. I recommend you reading the whole passage. You can search for them online via the Universalis website if you don’t own the Liturgy of the Hours or the Christian prayer books. Here’s another snippet: “Our spirit should be quick to reach out toward God, not only when it is engaged in meditation: at other times also, when it is carrying out its duties, caring for the needy, performing works of charity, giving generously in the service of others, our spirit should long for God and call him to mind, so that these works may be seasoned with the salt of God’s love, and so make a palatable offering to the Lord of the Universe.”
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A Prayer for the Whole Human Family:

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP, 815)

A day for celebrating love is a fitting day to remember our mortality, and the One who loves us enough to become the dust with us. #ashwednesday #lent2018 #ashselfie #ashestoashes #rememberthatyouaredust #peopleofthecross #ashtag

*#lent ⚜️En Route (J.K. Huysmans)
And turning over his prayer-book, seeing the extraordinary circle of offices, he thought of that prodigious jewel, that crown of King Recceswinthe...It was Lent, when the amethysts fade in the moist grey of onyxes, in the embrowned white of quartz, and the magnificent invocation, "Attende Domine," rose beneath the arches. Sprung like the "Rorate Cœli" from the sequences of the Old Testament, this humble and contrite chant, enumerating the deserved punishments of sins, became, if not more sorrowful, at all events more grave and more pressing when it confirmed, when it resumed in the initial stanza of its burthen, the avowal of shame already confessed. And suddenly on this crown there burst out after the expiring fires of *Lent, the flaming ruby of the Passion. On the upturned yellow of the sky a red cross was raised, while majestic shouts and despairing cries proclaimed the blood-stained fruit of the tree; and the "Vexilla Regis" was again repeated the following Sunday at the Feast of Palms, which joined to that Sequence of Fortunatus the green hymn which it accompanied with a silky noise of palms, the "Gloria laus et honor" of Theodulph. Then the fires of precious stones grew grey and died. To the glowing coals of gems succeeded the dead cinders of obsidians, black stones scarcely swelling, without a gleam above the tarnished gold of their mountings; one entered no Holy Week, everywhere the "Pange Lingua" and the "Stabat Mater" wailed under the arches, and then came the "Tenebræ," the lamentations, and the psalms, whose knell shook the flame of the brown waxen tapers, and after each halt, at the end of each of the psalms, one of the tapers expired, and its column of blue smoke evaporated still under the lighted circumference of the arches, while the choir recommenced the interrupted series of complaints. And the crown turned once more; the beads of this musical rosary still ran on, and all changed. #ashwednesday #liturgy #catholic #catholicism #catholicchurch #liturgicalyear

Lenten resources assembled and I’m ready for the next 40ish days. ✔️
#liturgicalyear #lent #followingjesus #anglican

Our family Feast Day Table set up for Lent!

#feasttable #lent #liturgicalyear #seasonal #liturgical #homealtar

Our Lenten journey starts today, this journey is a time of abstinence and sacrifice. It is the mode du jour on the days preceding Ash Wednesday to ask each other, "what are you giving up for Lent?". Most often the answers are; sugar, coffee, alcohol, social media etc. All good things and personal sacrifice and abstinence are vital to preparing our souls for Christ's death and resurrection. However, Christ did not endure excruciating pain for his personal salvation: He sacrificed Himself for all of us. Let's ask ourselves, in addition to what we are offering up, what are we going to do for others? Let us be Christ's hand and feet since His are nailed to the cross. Let us pray for others, feed the hungry, spend time with the lonely, there are many opportunities to be Christ's hands and feet this Lent. As Theresa of Avila said,
"Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours."

We celebrated Valentine's day yesterday because, as Catholics, we are observing Ash Wednesday today.

All it takes is a boxed cupcake mix and some pink icing to make a day feel pretty special.
Happy Valentine's day! ❤️

About to get Ashes with my Valentine, which is as close to matching tattoos as we will ever get. 🤣➕➕
I hope I will always find pictures our kids have secretly taken of the two of us kissing on my camera roll. 😘😘#ashtag #liturgicalyear #catholicism

Ash Wednesday // First day of Lent
In Lent, faith is tested, sin is purged, and Christians are met with the reality of suffering. Through the life of Jesus, suffering shows that holiness lives on the other side of death.
- Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return".
- Ash Wednesday kicks us off into Lent reminding us of our humanness, Christ’s pain, but also his promises of resurrection.
- Lent marks 40 days of intentional prayer and fasting paralleling Jesus’ time in the desert.
- Lent reminds us that on the other side of death is life.
- Lent is a call to repent and follow Jesus.
“Ash Wednesday confronts us with what we have become and prods us to do better. We need to repent of our senseless excesses and our excursions into sin, our breaches of justice, our failures of honesty, our estrangement from God, our savorings of excess, our absorbing self-gratifications, one infantile addiction, one creature craving another." (Sister Joan Chittister)
The Collect:
Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing you have made
and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

"As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus' thirst...'Repent and believe' Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor -- He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you." -- Saint Teresa of Calcutta
#ashtag #babyashtag #bissisterhood #newborn #sleepygirl #freshfromheaven #momofmany #lent #saintteresaofcalcutta #ashwednesday #catholicism #catholicwife #projectblessed #liturgicalyear #family #catholicmom #momentsinmotherhood #christianity #greaterlove #saintmotherteresa

Everything was stacked against getting this post out. BOTH kids are sick with ear infections and needed all the snuggles and constant OJ refills. I had to move fast during nap time and after bed, but we made it! It's 11:00 at night, but we made it! #workingmomlife Today we are introducing a new series, Cooking with Catholic at Home and we are going to be sharing meatless meals for Lent. Up first is a super yummy Lentil Soup, perfect for Ash Wednesday! Link in profile.

The most tired (and wonderful for so many reasons) of Tuesdays, turned into a celebration when we remembered it was Shrove Tuesday. The season of Lent snuck up on us this year. But God gave a few gracious reminders of his love even in that. Like this morning I found an Eastertide devotional on the bookshelves of where we were having our staff retreat day. And I happened to have all the ingredients for regular AND gluten free pancakes in my cupboards when I got home 🎉 I love being part of a liturgical church, the rhythms of the church year interrupting and re-forming the busyness of regular life. An ordinary Tuesday became a feast night and we talked about Lent and Easter with the kids. The feast day reminded me to go find our kid’s Easter devotional from Sunday School and take time to find candles to light tomorrow and for the next 40 days of Lent (this little embodied act each night is especially beloved of my toddler and kindergartener). Now, it wasn’t all peaceful and mysterious, it’s still us and 3 fun, wild kids. Charlie started crying because he said that Lent reminded him how he couldn’t find any Easter eggs at the hunt last year. And CJ was very confused about Lent and Valentine’s Day not being the same thing. But we did talk about it: seeds planted, hearts oriented. Then at bedtime Charlie ended his prayer with, “God, thank you that Easter is coming.” Amen and amen. What a phrase to live this season by! #churchcalendar #shrovetuesday #mardigras #lent #liturgicalyear #liturgyandfamily #kidsandliturgy #seasons

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