Yep it was messy but don't be afraid...Be Not Afraid to get a bit messy because...That's just the point! We are all messy sinners when left to our own devices. It's only with God's help that we are clean again.
This was a nice activity to do prior to Ash Wednesday since the date itself is a day of sacrifice. (No cake:)
My kids loved it!
- People have been using ashes as a sign of repentance since Old Testament times. Look it up! (Daniel 9:3-6)
- Since Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent for Catholics, it's a time for us to stop and reflect upon our own walk with God and where we might have gotten off track. For many of us, the ashes are an outward expression (and reminder) of our broken nature and the deep necessity for reconciliation (repentance) in order to be whole again.
- Lent is a Latin term for "Spring" to highlight our "rebirth" in Christ.
- For over 1200 years, faithful followers have received ashes on their foreheads in the shape of a cross.
- Remember those palm fronds from Palm Sunday last year? They were saved to be burned for this year's ashes. They are burned, incensed, and blessed with holy water, using prayers that are thousands of years old.
[The Catholic Toolbox also has some good Ash Wednesday Resources for kids]