I love souvenirs or at least I used to. I had banners from all the States we visited when I was a child. I used to take the money that my mother gave me to spend on field trips and buy her a gift so that she could remember my trip. That is when I became familiar with the word “memento”. I was buying my mother a memento of my trip. It was an object that helps her to remember. That is what a memento is.
During the liturgy for “Ash Wednesday” as the ashes are being placed on the forehead in the sign of a cross the pastor used to say “Memento, homo”. That is Latin for “Remember o man” – you are dust and to dust you shall return. You get a memento of the fact that God has you as a memento in His heart.
March 1 – 5:30 Trinity, 7 pm Zion service with communion.