Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 PM, "Ashes to Go" all day!
Ash Wednesday will mark the beginning of Lent. It is a time of repentance, reflection, and fasting that helps to prepare us for Christ's Resurrection Celebrated on Easter Sunday.
Ashes are used to mark the forehead as a symbol of repentance and remind us that this life will eventually pass away. We remember to focus our attention on a spirit of humility and sacrifice. The ashes are made from the blessed palms.
LENT & FASTING: For Catholics, Anglicans, and Episcopalians, the penitential season of Lent is the period of forty week-days beginning on Ash Wednesday. It is a season of the Church year that commemorates the forty days Jesus fasted and prayed in the wilderness before he began His public ministry. Six Sundays are within the season; the last, Palm/Passion Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week. Holy Thursday, commemorating "The Last Supper," begins the three days before Easter (Resurrection) Day which includes Good Friday, the day when Jesus was crucified.
The Season of Lent calls Christians to imitate the forty days of prayer and fasting of Jesus. Lenten Fasting was primarily started in the Middle Ages, and required abstaining from eating all animal products (except fish) during the forty days. Sundays were not included in the Fasting. Later, fast days included Ash Wednesday, and all Fridays during Lent.
Ashes "to go" will begin at 8:00 AM outside the Church and around the Community.
Services inside will be held at 7:00 PM and available to all churched or not.