Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday liturgies are some of the best attended in the entire year.  Some people suggest that is just because the Church is giving out something free, but I suspect there are deeper reasons!  Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance (sackcloth and ashes). …

Call to Almsgiving

Of the three marks of Lent – prayer, fasting and almsgiving – almsgiving is often the most neglected.  And yet, it’s the only place where the Bible brings all three together, the inspired author puts the emphasis firmly on the last:  “Prayer and fasting are…

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross, a Franciscan devotion, began as the practice of pious pilgrims to Jerusalem who would retrace the final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary. Later, for the many who wanted to pass along the same route, but could not make…