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first_imgAsh Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a 40-day period of reflection and fasting for Christians leading up to Easter.Ash Wednesday is considered a day to cleanse the soul and body as Lent begins. The actual date of Ash Wednesday is determined by the lunar calendar, which is why it changes every year. Ash Wednesday can fall as early as February 4 or as late as March 10. This year, Ash Wednesday is (today) February 14, coinciding with Valentine’s Day.A priest places ash on the forehead of a parishioner (file photo)Ash Wednesday derives its name from the blessing of ashes made from palm branches or crosses from the previous year’s Palm Sunday, which are burnt. The ashes are usually placed on the foreheads of Christians in the sign of a cross during mass. The custom reminds parishioners that they are ultimately sinners and need to repent. It is also said to be a reminder that death comes to everyone.Ashes have been used since ancient times to express grief. The gesture was also used to express sorrow for sins and faults. In Job 42:3–6, Job says to God: “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” The prophet Jeremiah calls for repentance by saying: “O daughter of my people, gird on sackcloth, roll in the ashes” (Jer 6:26). The prophet Daniel recounted pleading to God: “I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes” (Daniel 9:3).Priests will administer the ashes along with the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”, signalling to people that they should start their period of fasting and introspection.Lent symbolises the days which lead up to Jesus’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, when Christ spent 40 days and nights alone in the Judean Desert being tempted by Satan. The penitential observance originated as a mirroring of this period.Millions of Christians observe Lent. Most believers tend to give up something they enjoy until Lent ends to deny the needs of the flesh in order to focus on the needs of the spirit. It is regarded as a period of spiritual preparation to grow closer to God in the run-up to Easter.Lent is preceded by Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French – the final day of carnival around the world), also called Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, comes from the practice of eating up all the rich fatty foods before fasting which subsequently lent itself to the all-out revelry of carnival which ensued before the solemn Lent period. The name Shrove Tuesday comes from the word “shrive”, meaning absolution for sins by doing penance and the tradition of Christians trying to be ‘shriven’ before Lent. Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as worshippers used up rich foods, including eggs, milk and sugar, before they began their fast during Lent.last_img read more

first_imgKILCAR CLUB NOTESSeniorsOur seniors and reserves both had good wins away to St Michaels in Division One last Sunday the final score in the senior match was St Michaels 0-07 Cill Chartha 0-08 and the reserve result was St Michaels 1-06 Cill Chartha 2-06, no matches next weekend so next up is a home tie against Ardara on Friday 25th at 8pm and both teams are away to Naomh Conaill on Sunday 27th. Donegal County TeamsBest of luck to the seniors and minors against Antrim in the Ulster Championship semi-finals in Clones this Sunday especially to Patrick, Ryan, Stephen, Conor and Andrew.Scrap Saturday Bring your unwanted Scrap Metal items to Towney GAA fields this Saturday 21st June, all Scrap Metal items welcomed see posters and our website for more information all funds raised will go to the development of CLG Chill Chartha.UnderageOur Under 14s had a comfortable victory over Naomh Ultan in the Championship on Wednesday last, they also played Naomh Mhuire on Friday evening in what was a great team performance from the lad’s the final score was Cill Chartha 2-17 Naomh Mhuire 3-10. Our Under 12s had a narrow victory over Naomh Ultan on Monday evening the final score was Cill Chartha 4-09 Naomh Ultan 3-10.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €5,800 this week’s numbers were 7, 15, 20 and 21 winners were: €50 Morgan Carr c/o West End Bar, €30 Sandra McCloskey, Derrylaghan and €20 Edel Byrne, Largymore. Lotto Plus numbers 7, 8, 22 and 28 there was no winner.Bingo Club Bingo winners €150 Marie Doogan, €145 Gladys Fuller, €140 Teresa Gallagher, €80 John Cunningham (Glen), €70 Joan McGuinness, Margaret McGinley, Ann Maguire, Rose McFadden, Kathleen Cunningham, Carmel Gallagher and Ann Lowther. The Jackpot next week is €2,200 on 45 numbers.For the latest news visit our website www.kilcarcargaa.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: KILCAR SENIORS AND RESERVES ENJOY GOOD WINS OVER ST MICHAELS was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Kilcar GAA club noteslast_img read more