In spite of the gloomy weather, our Church was full on this first day of Lent: several pilgrims from neighboring villages, as well as several members of the Brotherhood '' di Padre Albini '' had made the trip. '' This is the sign of the covenant I make between me and you: I put my bow in the clouds to be the sign of the covenant '' (Genesis 9, 8-15) To recall this sign, the altar of the Church "San Quilicu" had a beautiful rainbow drawn by "hands of artist". (inhabitant of Sagone) It was the children of the caté who opened the celebration with a small gesture accompanied on the guitar. Ribbons could be seen around their wrists that recalled the rainbow.
Mass began with the imposition of ashes. '' Convert you '' '' Christ invites us to a real reversal of the heart, to a renewal of our gaze ''. At the end of the ceremony the children of the caté deposited at the foot of the altar. '' the garden of Lent '': small cardboard box with sand, pebbles, dry wood, which evokes the desert. This testimony of Lenten time will be moved to other parishes in our area; the children, of course, will accompany this testimony until Easter.
A wonderful moment that we all experienced, through this Eucharist, presided over by Father Michel, accompanied by the Oblate Fathers, as well as Father Gaston Pietri and our deacon F.A.A. A big thank you to our Fathers & our deacon.
After the religious ceremony, all the pilgrims gathered around the glass of friendship in the room of the presbytery of Balogna. A big thank you to all the volunteers of Sagone who participated in the making of the rainbow, the bracelets of the children, the Lenten Garden.
& Good Way of Lent to all.
(Parish of Balogna