The Season of Epiphany is coming to a close as we celebrate Mardi Gras and then Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” – both are names for “Shrove Tuesday” a traditional day of repentance and remembrance as one prepares for Lent. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent 40 days before Easter (46 days, but Sundays are not counted in the 40).
Here is an idea for a short confession and absolution for families.
(Adapted from Luther’s Small Catechism)
Confession has 2 parts – First we confess our sins, then we receive absolution, that is, forgiveness from God himself.
Start by thinking of the sins you know you have committed. Times when you were mean or hurtful. Moments of rudeness or a short temper. Times when you neglected your family and friends. Occasions when you did not love God with your whole heart, or your neighbor as yourself.
With those in mind, say “I, a poor sinner, plead guilty to all my sins. I am sorry for the things I have done, and for the things I didn’t do that I should have. I ask for forgiveness, not because I deserve it, but because of Jesus – His life and death earned it.”
Parents speak God’s forgiveness
“You are forgiven. By God’s Grace and His command I announce to you the forgiveness of all of your sins. God has taken them away from you as far as the East is from the West. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
Use this or something similar to conclude your pancake dinner on Shrove Tuesday.
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