During the Lenten season,

There are several symbols that hold significant meaning for Christians:

Ashes: Ashes are a prominent symbol of repentance and mortality. They are used on Ash Wednesday to mark the forehead of believers in the shape of a cross, reminding them of their need for forgiveness and spiritual renewal.

Purple Colour: Purple is a symbolic colour of penance, preparation, and royalty. It is often used in church decorations and vestments during Lent to signify repentance and the solemnity of the season.

The Cross:The cross is a central symbol throughout Lent, representing Christ's sacrifice and redemption. It serves as a reminder of Jesus' journey to Calvary and his ultimate victory over sin and death through his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Fasting: Fasting during Lent symbolizes self-discipline, purification, and spiritual hunger for God's presence. It is a way to focus on prayer, reflection, and dependence on God while abstaining from certain foods or activities.

Fish: Fish is often associated with Lent due to its connection with fasting traditions like abstaining from meat on Fridays. The fish symbolizes simplicity, self-denial, and spiritual nourishment during this period of reflection.

These symbols help Christians engage more deeply with the themes of repentance, sacrifice, prayer, and preparation that define the Lenten season as they journey towards Easter Sunday.

ST. JOHN’S  PARISH Polish  National  Catholic  Church      
186 COWAN AVENUE, TORONTO ON, M6K 2N6; Tel. 416-532-8249
www.stjohnsparishofthepncc.com; email: stjohnpncc@hotmail.com

Matthew 6:16-18 - When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites… but anoint your head and wash your face… that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret.

Parish Office Hours. :  

 Father Stanley                                            
Wednesday through  Saturday:  10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Monday & Tuesday closed.

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Tel. 416-532-8249  

Isaiah 58:6-7 - Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness… Is it not to share your bread with the hungry?