Today marks Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  Ash Wednesday is a “moveable” feast, as it is dependent of the date of Easter.  It occurs 40 days prior to Easter (not counting Sunday’s which are recognized as mini-Easters).  

This 40 day period is a representation of the time Jesus spent in the desert before his public ministry.  During this time many “give up” something.  Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance.  It is a period marked by fasting from foods, festivities, and other acts of penance. 

There are three traditional practices followed during Lent: 1. Prayer (justice towards God), 2. Fasting (justice towards self), 3. Almsgiving (justice towards neighbours).  What will you give up for Lent?

By: CJ Ramsaran