Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lent 2017—The Walraven family celebrated Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, 2017, in St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Nixa. Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated Ash Wednesday services in at 8:30 a.m. in St. Agnes Cathedral Parish and the O’Reilly Catholic Student Center at 12-noon, on March 1. (Photo by Rick Barnhart, The Mirror)

The Most Rev. Edward M. Rice
March 1, 2017, Springfield, MO

This might sound odd, but I love everything about Lent! I love the drama of ashes on Ash Wednesday and then seeing people leave Mass with smudges on their foreheads. I love the classic songs of Lent like, “Lord, who throughout these 40 days,” “Forty days and 40 nights,” or “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” The melodies of these hymns are so haunting! Read more

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