On Wednesday 26th February we started our Lenten Journey by meeting as a community for our Ash Wednesday Liturgies,which were led by some of our Chaplaincy team and volunteers from across the school.
Our Ash Wednesday team worked very hard in the couple of weeks before the event to plan and think of ideas for the Liturgy, they wanted to create creative and inventive ways to explore Lenten scripture and the three pillars of Lent- Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.
Prayer: In our ‘prayer’ themed prayer station we explored some of the different ways we could pray so that we could have that personal conversation with God. We used the fingers on our hands to help us pray, string and we made a prayer wall and wrote down all the different people and communities that need our prayers this Lenten season.
Fasting: We fasted from noise, talking and all distractions as we were led through a meditation and reflected on the scripture of Jesus in the wilderness. We reflected on our own temptations, wrote them down on some scrap paper and put them in a bin to represent us passing our worries and temptations over to God.
Almsgiving: In one of the prayer stations we were invited to give of our time by writing some kind words to give to the communities within our school charities: Building Hope in Bunkpurugu, Faith in Families, CAFOD and Emmanuel House.
We then gathered in the Chapel and our Ash Wednesday team distributed the Ashes. As the ashes were placed on our foreheads, we heard the words “Repent and believe in the Gospel”. By receiving these ashes on our forehead, we make a public sign of our faith as Christians and acknowledge that we have sinned but that we want to have a fresh start in union with God.
It was incredible to see so many young people leading other young people in prayer. Thank you to the Ash Wednesday Team for giving us a great start to the season of Lent and for inspiring us all with your faith and creative prayer stations!
Let us know in the comments below how you are getting on with your Lenten promises!