Today we celebrated Ash Wednesday with mass in the hall at 11:30am. The children participated very well in their first mass, following the songs and actions and listening well to Father Shibu. During mass, the teachers were given a cross on their foreheads with Ash. The children had lots of questions about why we had ash on our foreheads.
After lunch, we had a chat about Ash Wednesday, starting with asking the children why we have the ash:
We showed the children some information about Ash Wednesday and explained that the ashes are from the palm leaves that were burnt on Palm Sunday last year. We used the following slides to guide our discussion:
The children shared their new understanding of Ash Wednesday:
The children were then invited to have some ashes on their forehead. Some children chose not to have ashes.