Lower School Chapel Explores Traditions of Lenten Season

Lower Schoolers explored the annual tradition of Lent this week, which began on Ash Wednesday. Head Chaplain Phillip Craig led the virtual chapel with lessons and songs about the Lenten season.

“Most, if not all of the major world's religions, set aside a season for introspection and reflection,” Craig said. “In the Christian tradition, this season is known as Lent. Generally, the 40 days before the celebration of Easter, Lent begins on a day known as Ash Wednesday.”

Chaplain Phillip also spoke to the deeper message of Lent. 

“There's something that all of us know deep down, and it's not a scary thing, but it is the truth,” Craig said. “None of us live forever. The season of Lent is a great chance for us to slow down a bit and to remember how important it is to treasure each and every day.

“The most important message of Lent, though, is the reminder of what is to come, and for the Christian tradition that is Easter Sunday. That is the reminder to all of us, that there is nothing in this world that is greater than God's love for each and every one of us.”

Lower School Music Teacher Amy Rheingans played piano to accompany the Ash Wednesday songs, including one called Ashes. 

“On Ash Wednesday, we put ashes on our forehead to remember that we don't live forever and also to celebrate the idea that beautiful things can grow out of something like ash,” Craig said. “All of us can grow out of the hardest places of our life and that can be a beautiful thing.”

This Ash Wednesday came at a particularly impactful moment in the lives of many people across the country and the world due to the pandemic and weather challenges.

“A core component of our Episcopal identity is the value of gathering and reflection,” Craig said. “The season of Lent is a perfect example of gathering together and reflecting on the most important things that we value in our life: our relationships, our families, those we love, and the knowledge that we are beloved children of God.”