Published : Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 1:19 PM
Immaculate Heart observed Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season yesterday with prayer services at both the middle school and the high school.
This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day for the first time since 1945. The confluence of the two holidays this year can result in confusion about how to properly commemorate them.
At the high school service, students were encouraged to remember that Lent culminates in Good Friday and Easter…”the greatest demonstration of God’s love for us”… and to thoughtfully celebrate the fullness of that love, and love for each other–without getting distracted by the more commercial trappings of the day.
Students were also reminded that Lent is a time of reflection and repentance, during which everyone must honestly come to terms with one’s own shortcomings and turn to God for support and forgiveness. This process is meant to give each one clarity about what is preventing each individual from developing as humans, and from making real connections with ourselves, with others, and with God.
“We wish everyone a peaceful Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day, and pray that we all are able to take time this Lent to grow stronger in our own spiritualities and become closer to God.”
Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School, 5515 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, (323) 461-3651 or visit www.immaculateheart.org.