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Communal Penance Services VIEW FROM THE AMBO - March 31, 2017 This Lent, after much consideration and prayer, I have decided not to offer Communal Penance Services in the Area Faith Community of Apostles Ss. Peter and Paul. First, a little discussion about the forms. The normal form of Reconciliation is Form I - private confession and absolution. This includes everything, and celebrated between the penitent and confessor. Form II, primarily celebrated during the penitential seasons or retreats, is a ...http://frtodd.blogspot.com/2017/03/communal-penance-services.html

Lent Is Upon Us - The Season for Repentance and Spiritual Renewal ROMAN CHRISTENDOM - March 12, 2017 On Ash Wednesday... Feria quarta cinerum in tempi quadragesimæ... (The Wednesday of ashes in the time of the 40 days i.e. Lent...) On this day Catholics the world over receive on their foreheads the sign of the cross in ash, administered by the priest, to symbolise the transience of life, the need for repentance (ash being a sign of repentence) and the hope of immortality in the life to come. As he administers the ashes the priest says (in Latin in the traditional ...http://romanchristendom.blogspot.com/2017/03/lent-is-upon-us-season-for-repentance.html

A Lenten Meditation on an Unconventional Ash Wednesday CRISIS MAGAZINE - March 9, 2017 ... serve as a point of meditation as long as it facilitates a pious communication of the soul with God and helps us know, love, and serve God better. Sometimes a casual event at a supermarket can trigger a meditation. My non-classical meditation on "Ashes to Go" certainly did get me thinking of a broader picture. I could not help but reflect that this incident was one of those only-in-America paradoxes that can be so fascinating to those who want to observe life. Things like this break some old ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/2rJUIwsQ2g0/unconventional-ash-wednesday

Ash Wednesday: Ancient Tradition Still Thrives in Modern Times CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 28, 2017 ... Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee, thinks the appeal of Ash Wednesday is partly because participants receive a "marker of identity" as Catholics. The day also has rich symbolism, he said, of both flawed humanity and mortality. He pointed out that even though a large percentage of Catholics do not go to confession they will attend this very penitential service because they "get a sense of repentance and a kind of solidarity in it." "Clearly it touches on ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/ash-wednesday-ancient-tradition-still.html

As Lent Approaches....(Universal) CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 27, 2017 The season of Lent has not been well observed in much of evangelical Christianity, largely because it was associated with liturgical worship that some churches were eager to reject. However, much of the background of evangelical Christianity, for example the heritage of John Wesley, was very "high church." Many of the churches that had originally rejected more formal and deliberate liturgy are now recovering aspects of a larger Christian tradition as a means to refocus ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/as-lent-approachesuniversal.html