Search
Ash Wednesday
Start Date/Time:
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Recurring Event:
One time event
Importance:
High Priority High Priority
Category:
Liturgical Feast Lent
Description:

ASH WEDNESDAY

Holy Mass Schedule: 8:30am, 12:10pm, 5:30pm and 7:00pm

Jesus mentions three basic practices found in the law of Moses: almsgiving, prayer and fasting; these are also traditional signposts along the journey of Lent, pointing out how to respond to the call to "return to God with all your heart". But Jesus makes it clear that is the quality and the truthfulness of our relationship with God which reveals the authenticity of any religious practice. Consequently, he denounces religious hypocrisy, ways of acting meant to impress others and to garner applause and approval. The true disciple serves not himself or the "public", but his Lord, simply and generously: "and your Father who sees in secret will reward you" (Mt 6:4,6,18). Our witness, then, will always be more effective the less we seek our own glory and the more we realize that the reward of the just is God himself: being one with him here below on the journey of faith, and, at life’s end, in the luminous peace of seeing him face to face for ever (cf. 1 Cor 13:12).   

- Pope Benedict XVI (Vatican Basilica, 13 February 2013)