Canisius | 25 February, 2009 10:26
As Lent approaches, with my children older and the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (EFRR?) once again available at least once or twice a week, I have decided to work through the pertinent section of Gueranger again. I invite you to read stunning insights, brilliant analysis, and rare information--and when you are done browsing those sites, stop on by the Gueranger Blog to see what's happening!
Today I read the introduction to Ash Wednesday [IV, 202] to my children, and once again I was struck by the fact that Ash Wednesday, in the old reckoning, falls within Septuagesima rather than within Lent proper; it's like a warm-up exercise. That seems to mean that the time between Ash Wednesday and the First Sunday of Lent is an appropriate time to form those Lenten resolutions I haven't gotten around to making yet.
I was also struck by Gueranger's account of the original ceremony of ashes, in which public penitents were driven from the church as our first parents were driven from the Garden of Eden. In this symbolism, the church building, the temple, is clearly the new Garden, which fits with so much else in Scripture and tradition that I can't begin to comment on it. The newer ceremony--the one that is only almost a thousand years old--retains the same symbolism, if less explicitly: there we stand and here the sentence of death quoted from Genesis 3, so where are we standing--symbolically speaking--if not in the Garden?
CG | 28/02/2009, 02:48