February 25, 2017

Out of respect for others, please avoid using scented products.

Welcome to the Cathedral Church of St. George

in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

The Very Rev. Don Davidson


The season of Lent begins soon; a season that has developed centuries of tradition.  When used well, traditions can help us to build up a holy Lent, and prepare for Easter. But if we don’t know why we do them, they become empty observances.

On Shrove Tuesday we prepare by eating pancakes.  The reason for is that we’re using up fat and leaven to prepare for a Lenten fast.  The Lenten fast is a self-denial, not for the sake of self-denial, but for the sake of sharing with others.

On Ash Wednesday we observe the tradition ashes.  Not so we can feel bad about ourselves, but so we can appreciate the incredible grace of God’s rescue effort.  If we can see ourselves through penitence as dust and ashes even for 1 day, we can come to Easter and celebrate our redemption.

And there’s the tradition of giving something up. It might be better to look at it as taking something on. Take on a project that will really make a difference in the community and give a little time to it on each of the 40 days.  

Observe a holy Lent of Penitence, Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving.  Do it in a way that makes a difference for you and the world around you; and brings you to Easter ready to celebrate.

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