Lent is coming soon, and I have been thinking about how I can make this Lent more meaningful for me and my family at home. I have tried several things over the years, but my favorite is counting the days or weeks of the season.
When we start the Lenten season on Ash Wednesday, February 17, the count begins. There are 40 days of Lent (you do not count the Sundays) and there are 6 weeks of Lent.
An easy way to count down to Easter would be to mark the weeks of Lent.
You will need 6 candles to represent each week. Make a display with votives or candlesticks and use the shades of purple for color. Each week light a new candle until you have all six brightening the room and heralding Easter Day.
This year, I am counting the days. I bought a wooden labyrinth that works for Advent and Lent, so this may look familiar to you from a few months ago.
Every day but Sunday I will move the votive. In Advent, I start “at the end,” and finish in the center of the labyrinth. During Lent, I start in the center, and move outward. It is my personal belief that in Lent, we begin our journey focusing on ourselves and our own faith but come Easter, we are called to leave the empty tomb and be an outward presence for Christ. That is why I switch for Lent. My votive makes this symbolic journey with me.
This Sunday, February 14, I will talk about how to make your own personal ashes for February 17. I will also post a story here as well after Sunday’s service. I hope you keep coming back to these pages on our website for more ideas of keeping Lent this year. Let’s make this spiritually deep season new and alive for us all this year. Especially this year.