[ 47 DAILY LENTEN REFLECTIONS ]
FROM THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE & ORANGE COUNTY CATHOLIC SHOOLS
DAY 3 - FRIDAY, FEB 28TH, 2020
Friday After Ash Wednesday
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said,
“Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn
as long as the bridegroom is with them?
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast.”
Show gracious favor, O Lord, we pray, to the works of penance we have
begun, that we may have strength to accomplish with sincerity the bodily
observances we undertake. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Today is the first of the traditionally observed Ember Saturday of the Spring Ember Days. There are two principal objects for the Ember Days of this period of the year: the first is to publicly offer thanks to God the season of Spring, and secondly to ask God to bless the fruits of the earth and human labor. A third traditional focus of the Ember Days is to ask Him to enrich with His choicest graces the priests and sacred ministers particularly those who might be ordained on this day.