Thursday, March 10, 2011
Black wrist bands for Lent
I think this is a great idea! pro-lifers can also wear this as a symbol of protest against the culture of Death that supposed Responsible Parenthood advocates are fighting for in Congress.
DENVER, Colorado, MARCH 8, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The Archdiocese of Denver is distributing over 100,000 black wristbands this Lent as a way to help parishoners remember to stick to their Lenten promises.
The archdiocese reported in a press release that the wristbands are part of a program titled "Sacrificium" (sacrifice), which is also imprinted on the black bands.
The wristbands, the archdiocese stated, will remind those wearing them "not only of what Jesus did for them when he suffered and died on the cross, but what they have promised to do - or not do - during the solemn season of Lent."
"The color black recalls the color of ashes, which Catholics receive on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday and reminds them of their mortality," the statement added. [That is why black is the color used during funeral and Masses for the dead and Good Friday. And I am still scratching my head why the liturgical revolution of Bugnini took all of these out.]
Ash Wednesday, observed on March 9 this year, marks the beginning of Lent. Catholics observe the 40 days of Lent through additional prayer, fasting, and works of charity.
"In addition to wearing their black wristbands, Sacrificium participants are also invited to complete a promise card, which details their specific sacrifices to be made throughout the 40-day period," the archdiocese reported. [Prayer and fasting against the Lagman Culture of Death Bill]
"Oh, there's a lot enthusiasm on Ash Wednesday," said Father Randy Dollins of St. Mary Catholic Church in Frisco, who developed the Sacrificium program. "Much more, let's say, than there is on the fourth Sunday of Lent!"
You can read more about this great initiative from the Archdiocese of another great archbishop, Most. Rev. Charles Chaput, over at the Archdiocese of Denver's website.