As posted by Mother Laura at RevGalBlogPals:
Ready or not, Lent is upon us!
1. Did you celebrate Mardi Gras and/or Ash Wednesday this week? How?
I’ve been answering these all week, but in brief, we had a pancake supper, complete with wearing our Mardi Gras beads, on Tuesday night. Wednesday was disappointing, as the weather caused cancellation of the Ash Wednesday service I was to lead.
2. What was your most memorable Mardi Gras/Ash Wednesday/Lent?
Two years ago I came home from church moved to write this.
Day’s beginning before the dawn:
Hurrying with children to dress and eat,
To feed the dogs and zip the backpacks,
To make the holy journey together.
We entered church just after seven
And worked together to set the table:
A multi-colored cloth with fishes;
A purple-black candle I made myself;
Some stones from last year;
Dried flowers from last Sunday;
And then the ashes in a tarnished silver dish.
(I liked its look,
Worn and softened by time and hands.)
My children, marked with signs of God,
Went on to school and friends and teachers.
So few understood the mark they wore–
Would I have known, long, long ago?
A Baptist girl who “didn’t do” Lent
Now makes the sign on hands and heads.
She makes the sign and speaks the words:
Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
3. Did you/your church/your family celebrate Lent as a child? If not, when and how did you discover it?
We did not, although I watched my dear friend, Ruby, as she observed it. I was in seminary before it became part of my practice to observe Ash Wednesday, though my awareness of Lent as a season of preparation had already been raised.
4. Are you more in the give-up camp, or the take-on camp, or somewhere in between?
I’ve done both, not solidly in either camp.
5. How do you plan to keep Lent this year?
Well, I’ll spend it trying to make Lent something to choose for my church people, since we Congregationalist UCC-types have to choose everything. Personally, this year I’m giving up mochas and taking on more formal daily writing on the lectionary. I hope the latter will be more lasting than Lent, but look forward to laying down the former!