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Calendar

Feb
24
Mon
Day Off – David McElrea +
Feb 24 all-day
Feb
25
Tue
SHROVE TUESDAY
Feb 25 all-day
Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Supper @ Saint Matthew's - in the Gym (bottom level)
Feb 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Feb
26
Wed
ASH WEDNESDAY
Feb 26 all-day
LENT
Feb 26 – Apr 9 all-day

LENT

The six weeks before Easter is called the “Lenten Season.” It is a time to focus on the suffering, death and resurrection of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Because Jesus died, and thus paid for our sins, we have life. Because Jesus rose from the dead, we too will rise and enjoy heaven forever.

LENT is a process of prayer and spiritual renewal. The Lenten season emphasizes one’s need to cultivate the interior life through self-reflection, fasting, alms giving and prayer.

  • The word “lent” means “lengthen” and stands for that time in spring when the days grow longer.
  • The original period of Lent was 40 hours. It was spent fasting to commemorate the suffering of Christ and the 40 hours He spent in the tomb.
  • In the early 3rd century, Lent was lengthened to 6 days. The 6 days grew into 36 days (36 being the tithe or a tenth of the 365 days of the year). About 800 AD it changed to 40 days – the extra days being Ash Wednesday and the three following days running up to the 1st Sunday in Lent.
  • Sundays are not included in those 40 days.
Ash Wednesday – Holy Communion @ Saint Matthew's - in the Sanctuary
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ash Wednesday is the day Lent begins. It occurs forty days before Good Friday and originated in the A.D. 900s. Ash Wednesday is actually its colloquial name. Its official name is the Day of Ashes. It is called Ash Wednesday because, being forty days before Good Friday, it always falls on a Wednesday and it is called Ash Wednesday because on that day at church the faithful have their foreheads marked with ashes in the shape of a cross.

In the Bible a mark on the forehead is a symbol of a person’s ownership. By having their foreheads marked with the sign of a cross, this symbolizes that the person belongs to Jesus Christ, who died on a Cross. This is in imitation of the spiritual mark or seal that is put on a Christian in baptism, when he is delivered from slavery to sin and the devil and made a slave of righteousness and Christ (Rom. 6:3-18).

Ashes are a biblical symbol of mourning and penance. In Bible times the custom was to fast, wear sackcloth, sit in dust and ashes, and put dust and ashes on one’s head. They also symbolize death and so remind us of our mortality. Thus when the priest uses his thumb to sign one of the faithful with the ashes, he says, “Remember, man, that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.”

The ashes are made by burning palm fronds which have been saved from the previous year’s Palm Sunday, they are then blessed by a priest — blessed ashes having been used in God’s rituals since the time of Moses (Numbers 19:9-10, 17).

Ash Wednesday – Holy Communion @ Saint Matthew's - in the Sanctuary
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ash Wednesday is the day Lent begins. It occurs forty days before Good Friday and originated in the A.D. 900s. Ash Wednesday is actually its colloquial name. Its official name is the Day of Ashes. It is called Ash Wednesday because, being forty days before Good Friday, it always falls on a Wednesday and it is called Ash Wednesday because on that day at church the faithful have their foreheads marked with ashes in the shape of a cross.

In the Bible a mark on the forehead is a symbol of a person’s ownership. By having their foreheads marked with the sign of a cross, this symbolizes that the person belongs to Jesus Christ, who died on a Cross. This is in imitation of the spiritual mark or seal that is put on a Christian in baptism, when he is delivered from slavery to sin and the devil and made a slave of righteousness and Christ (Rom. 6:3-18).

Ashes are a biblical symbol of mourning and penance. In Bible times the custom was to fast, wear sackcloth, sit in dust and ashes, and put dust and ashes on one’s head. They also symbolize death and so remind us of our mortality. Thus when the priest uses his thumb to sign one of the faithful with the ashes, he says, “Remember, man, that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.”

The ashes are made by burning palm fronds which have been saved from the previous year’s Palm Sunday, they are then blessed by a priest — blessed ashes having been used in God’s rituals since the time of Moses (Numbers 19:9-10, 17).

Youth Group
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We’ll meet most Wednesday nights this for a relaxed, casual time of games, prayer, worship, and a practical teaching time based on God’s Word. Open to all Grade 6-12 students

Feb
27
Thu
Seniors Drop-In @ Saint Matthew's - in the Fireside Room (2nd level)
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Bring a bag lunch and stay for fellowship, cards and board games.  Everyone over 55 is welcome!

Feb
28
Fri
Day Off – Mike Stewart +
Feb 28 all-day