Today we observed the annual burning of blessed palm in anticipation of Ash Wednesday. Our school children gathered around the firepot which was stuffed with last year's palm branches and prayed as the palms were lit. We thought about Lent and the cycle of the liturgical year, especially the Easter Mysteries.
After the fire died down, we shouted "Alleluia" three times, in anticipation of our fast from that glorious word during Lent.
Next Wednesday, these ashes will be imposed on those marking the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday.