Lent: Week 1
This week, I went to an Ash Wednesday service for the first time. It was completely in Spanish, and my Spanish at this point is only good enough to understand about half of of it. But we said the Lord’s prayer and put ashes on our foreheads and passed the peace and recognized the day in the same universal ways that have been done for generations.
Padre Nuestro, que estás en los cielos, santificado sea tu nombre.
Venga a nosotros tu reino,
hágase tu voluntad
así en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día
y perdónanos nuestras deudas,
así como nosotros perdonamos a nuestros deudores. No nos dejes caer en tentación, mas líbranos del mal. Porque tuyo es el reino, el poder y la gloria, por los siglos de los siglos.
This year, I am not fasting from anything specific, but I am still trying to set the season apart. I am trying to get up earlier, to read from the lectionary each day, to be more mindful of God’s work in my life.
Each week, I would like to post some thoughts, verses, music, or photos to represent each week of Lent. I don’t claim to be a Bible scholar or a spiritual director, merely a person who thinks too much and sometimes likes to share these thoughts with other people on the internet. If you would like to receive these posts in your inbox each week, you can subscribe using the form at the bottom of the page.
The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lame of God!” The two disciples heard him and said this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” —John 1:35-38a (from Friday’s lectionary reading)
In this season of Lent, what are you seeking? Are you observing it in a specific way?
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