Monday, February 20, 2012

2012 Lenten Preparation

BEADS OF JOY 2-20-12 “Lenten Preparation”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

2012 Lenten Liturgical Calendar
The Monday before Ash Wednesday; also known as “Shrivetide”.

My Friends,

Today marks the beginning of Lent, yes today. I know many think that Ash Wednesday actually begins Lent. But today is more like the preparation of beginning before we prepare to begin. There are two names in my research that I found that identify today: Clean Monday and Shrovetide. That was a rather interesting find, but note that both of those titles really have the same meaning as to how one would see today. Shrovetide intrigued me the most when I found it on a Catholic webpage, so I researched it. Shrovetide means “to shrive” or more clearly it means “to hear confessions”, interesting find indeed. This is a day of preparation, before we actually begin to prepare on Wednesday. So follow me now, we are beginning to prepare, to be prepared on the day we are preparing for the Lenten Season. LOL. I know WOW!! A very exciting and interesting; and even insightful find, indeed. I hope this enlightens you even more as we begin to prepare for the most Joyous Season of Lent. Just a tid-bit of “check this out” information. Tomorrow would be called, “Shrove Tuesday” also known as “Mardi Gras”, “Fat Tuesday”. This is the traditional day to eat all you can before the sacrifices of Lent begins. In its original understanding, families would consume all their eggs and fatty foods which were prohibited during Lent. I thought that to be a fun fact to share.

A Family Tradition: This is our Dacey Family Tradition. On Ash Wednesday in our home, on a regular piece of paper, we each write what we are “giving up” for Lent, and then we tape it to the kitchen cabinet for all to see. Why?, for all to see of cause, but even more than that, we make ourselves accountable and we help encourage one another to stick to the personal commitment of sacrifice that you chose. Pretty cool I think. We as a family have been doing this since; as long as I could remember. Everyone had to sacrifice something (don’t matter how old you are), and you couldn’t pick something everyone knows you either didn’t like or it wouldn’t matter if you sacrificed it. We encourage one another to pick something within reason that is a real sacrifice. And having this posted in the kitchen reminds us every day what each of us will stay away from for 40 days. Typical sacrifices are: Chocolate, soda, chips, cookies, coffee… All food related usually. And we didn’t stop buying those items, if you sacrificed eating cookies and I sacrificed drinking soda. We still buy them for the others to consume. To sacrifice in our home meant, everyone watched each other, not to break their commitment while the others didn’t have to stop that item. So it took strength and character to not do something, with the temptation right in front of you.

2012 Lenten Calendar

February 22, 2012 (Wednesday) – Ash Wednesday
February 26, 2012 (Sunday) – 1st Sunday of Lent
March 4, 2012 (Sunday) – 2nd Sunday of Lent
March 11, 2012 (Sunday) – 3rd Sunday of Lent
March 17, 2012 (Saturday) – Feast of St Patrick
March 18, 2012 (Sunday) -4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)
March 19, 2012 (Monday) – Feast of St Joseph
March 25, 2012 (Sunday) – 5th Sunday of Lent &
March 25, 2012 (Sunday) – The Annunciation of the Lord
April 1, 2012 (Sunday) –Palm Sunday
April 5, 2012 (Thursday) – Holy Thursday
April 6, 2012 (Friday) – Good Friday
April 7, 2012 (Saturday) –Holy Saturday
April 8, 2012 (Sunday) – Easter Sunday !!!!!

Here is a rather interesting quote I thought would be perfect to share as we begin this Lenten Season. “The first step to be taken by one who wishes to follow Christ is, according to Our Lord's own words, that of renouncing himself - that is, his own senses, his own passions, his own will, his own judgment, and all the movements of nature, making to God a sacrifice of all these things, and of all their acts, which are surely sacrifices very acceptable to the Lord. And we must never grow weary of this; for if anyone having, so to speak, one foot already in Heaven, should abandon this exercise, when the time should come for him to put the other there, he would run much risk of being lost.” ~St. Vincent de Paul

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS