What a fun time we have had this morning in school. The school hall was changed into a huge pancake making factory!
To celebrate the Christian custom of Lent we have been using up all our extra food ingredients for the feast day of Shrove Tuesday. We have used eggs, flour, milk, water, salt and a bit of butter for cooking, alongside some oranges, lemons, honey and sugar for added tastiness.
Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday. These are then placed on the heads of Christians to the accompaniment of the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.
Ash wednesday is also the start of Lent. This is a season of reflection and preparation before the Christian celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.
I wonder what the children will try to give up for Lent?