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On Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent for Christians. Lent is a somber time, a time of prayer, reflection, contemplation and, at least for me, of sorrow. Don’t know why, but I’ve always felt a bit doomy and gloomy at this time of year. Perhaps it was all those childhood Lents watching “The Greatest Story Ever Told” on New York’s channel 11 – the crucifixion scene always scared the heebie jeebies out of me. And after last night’s presidential address, I confess to feeling even more blue. Perhaps it isn’t either of those things, but the fact that my husband and I are watching our dear dog, Bella, in a deep decline and I know a very sad day is coming soon, perhaps as early as next week.

So. On that happy note, I ask you to pardon me from not offering you here a new set of Ash Wednesday prayers for your prayer beads. I can, however, refer you to what I offered last year near Ash Wednesday (my mom was in the hospital on the actual day).I hope it will get you through the next week or so. I know I’ll be praying it.

I also want to tell you that I am planning a set of prayers on the subject of grieving for our pets. I am collecting prayers in advance of my needing them – it is a comfort to me to do so. Does anyone have any favorite prayers for the passing of a dear pet?

And some news – during this Lenten season, Beliefnet.com will run two sets of prayers for the Anglican rosary that I have compiled and arranged. Isn’t that great? Both will be featured in a “gallery,” a kind of inspirational slide show. The first set will be on the theme of patience and strength (much needed right now) and the second set will be on the theme of light breaking through the darkness. I’ll keep you posted as to when they run.

In the meantime, I wish all of you who mark Lent a good Lenten season.

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