13th April is the beginning of Ramadan. It runs until the 12th May. For more information on Ramadan please click on the attached pdf.
Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.
Today is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting for Christians which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.
Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice. We hear and take seriously God’s call to "Repent and believe in the Gospel."
To hear a message for Archbishop Eamon Martin and hear some ideas about how we can celebrate Ash Wednesday remotely this year please click the following link:
To learn more about Trocaire’s 2021 Lenten campaign please click the following link:
Today is Shrove Tuesday (known in some countries as Pancake Tuesday) the day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes.
This moveable festival is determined by Easter. The expression Shrove Tuesday comes from the word shrive, meaning absolve. Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians who make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.
Being the last day before the penitential season of Lent, related popular practices, such as indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations, before commencing the fasting and religious obligations associated with Lent. Happy feasting!