Our Altar explained and the Basket of Stones
Our Altar has again been stripped back to the bare essentials. The simplicity of our faith has pared it back as we are reminded to come together at this time of Lent, to pray, to give alms, to receive the sacraments, and to fast – all bringing us back to God, the Father.
The ashes in the glass vase, the dried flowers (representing wheat) and the sand (the desert) are our reminder of the food to nourish us on our journey, our coming together and our faith in humanity.
Basket of Stones
Next to the vase of sand is a basket which we would like you to place a stone for this coming week of Lent. What is the symbolism of this stone? It is a symbol of the burdens we carry. Bring this burden forward to God and let it go.
Sometimes you don’t feel the weight of something you’ve been carrying until you feel the weight of its release.