LEAP INTO LENT
In a day packed with activities, we kicked off the Lenten Season with the 2020 Lenten Day of Reflection: Leap Into Lent. The first Saturday in Lent February 29, Leap Day) was spent with the St.Tom’s community by deeply exploring the history and meaning of Lent and Stations of the Cross, getting to spend an hour in adoration, going to reconciliation, and finally wrapping up with praying the Stations of the Cross.
Thinking about how the weather changes at this time of year, John Brahier explained in the first conference about the history of Lent—that the word for Lent comes from the old English word Lencten meaning lengthening of days (referring to spring). This was a beautiful idea to think and pray about! Then during Deacon Dan’s conference about the Stations of the Cross, he started out asking us when you squeeze something, like an orange, what comes out? The answer is what’s insideor the “essence” of the thing. When Jesus was “squeezed” on the road to Calvary, what came out? How does that compare with what most of us feel when we get “squeezed”?
The day continued with a delicious lunch and then time spent together in church. Participants were able to engage in Eucharistic Adoration and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation with several visiting priests, as well as to pray Pope Benedict’s Way of the Cross. Also, RCIA candidates and catechumens took part in the Rite of Sending that occurs before they make their way to the cathedral for the Rite of Election on the first Sunday of Lent.
This was the third annual Lenten Day of Reflection—in the first year, there were approximately 20 attendees. Last year, there were about 50 people, and this year we had a record 80 participants! Make plans now to attend the fourth annual event next year!
Article written by Jared Hollar, Senior