| SYMBOLS OF LENT
Lent, we use symbols that relate to the themes of the season; the themes
of repentance, renewal, ho joy. ASHES symbolize death and grief
as well as the repentance we feel because we have not lived up to being
the person God intends us to be. Out of the ashes of our past we can,
with Godís help, be renewed spiritually and journey to a new life of
faith and trust.
- LIGHT Universal
religious symbol which reminds us that Jesus is the light who shows us
symbolizes new life and is commonly used to symbolize Easter. Out of a
dead-looking cocoon emerges a new creation, free and radiant.
- EASTER LILY
symbolizes the Glory of the Risen Lord and the joy of the faithful who
believe in Godís promise of new life.
- HOT CROSS BUNS
Yeast i-oils are cooked and topped with icing, in the shape of a Cross
on top. This is to remind us of Christís cross and the yeast in the
rolls reminds us of new life.
- STATIONS OF THE
CROSS: Also known as The Way of the Cross gives us a chance to
think about the crucifixion of Jesus. Each station helps us to think
about the pain and suffering Jesus went through because God loves us.
The stations are prayed every Friday during Lent at 7:30 p.m. in the
Church and on Good Friday the Stations of the Cross are prayed at 3
- SALT calls
attention not to itself but to whatever it is to flavor or preserve.
It purifies without destroying.
- STONE dead
weight of a stone can kill. Jesus saved a woman who was about to be
stoned to death. Jesus is a life-giving stone.
- PURPLE COLOR
signifies suffering and sorrow; the suffering and sorrow that Christ
endured for love of us.
- BARE BRANCH
symbolizes Jesusí death on a wooden cross. It also reminds us that out
of seeming lifelessness comes new life, both in nature and in the
symbolizes cleansing and life-giving and is commonly associated with
- PALM BRANCHES
symbolizes Jesusí triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The branches remind
us that there are both triumphs and defeats in our lives but that if
we maintain our friendship with God, we will ultimately triumph.
- DOGWOOD The
legend says it once had a large trunk and was the tree the Roman
soldiers cut down to use for the cross.
- EASTER EGG it
became a symbol of the rock tomb out which Jesus gloriously emerged to
new life in the Resurrection.
- PRETZELS they
were all shaped to resemble the person in prayer with arms folded
across their heart.
- SEEDS reminds
us of the wonder of life coming out of death. it prepares us to hear
again the Passion and Death of Jesus. and to celebrate Easter.
- FISH was a
secret sign for Christís followers who were forced to worship in the
catacombs in Rome. Now it is a symbol which stands for the Christian
who has been brought to life in the waters of Baptism