First Sunday of Lent

Sunday February 22nd is the First Sunday of Lent and the physical surroundings are meant to call is to prayer and penance and looking at what we need to root out of our life during this season.  There is no ringing of steeple bells, consecration bells, no alleluias.  We enter to the stark sound of the clapping of 2 pieces of wood to remind us of the Lord's crucifixion.  The vestments and other decorations are of burlap and purple to denote penance.  The Baptismal font is filled with sand and transformed into a mini-desert to remind us of the 40 days and 40 nights of prayer, fasting, and abstinence that Jesus underwent in the desert.