This morning our Elementary and Senior schools came together for a special virtual Ash Wednesday Service led by students from different grades and Campus Minister Moira Schrader.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent, the 40 days during which we prepare for Easter. Our service included music (safely played of course), scripture readings by our students, a reading from the Gospel of Matthew, and a pre-recorded video reflection from Fr. Paul Morris, the Director of Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica. Fr. Morris explained the traditional meaning of fasting and almsgiving, and in a modern twist suggested that fasting could include giving up social media or our favourite TV show. He also recommended giving our time, finding ways to show that we care, or listening to someone else as beautiful forms of almsgiving.
Because of COVID, this year ashes were sprinkled on the crown of the head instead of marking them in a cross on the forehead, a method used by the Pope.
This Service was a big community effort, and our thanks go to all the students who participated in the service, to Mr. Tugwell and Mrs. Carter for their beautiful music, to Fr. Morris for his beautiful reflection, to Grade 5M for reading the prayers of intention, to all the teachers and staff who distributed ashes, and to Campus Minister Moira Schrader for leading and organizing the service.